Mexico says sale of presidential airplane will curb unlawful migration


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The Mexican presidential airplane was bought in 2016

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pledged to make use of income from the sale of his presidential airplane to fund efforts to curb unlawful migration.

The transfer comes after Mexico and the US reached a deal to keep away from US tariffs in trade for Mexico doing extra to halt Central American migration to the US.

Throughout his marketing campaign, the leftist chief pledged to promote the airplane and use the cash to assist poorer communities.

He mentioned the estimated worth of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is $150m (£120m).

In the course of the presidential marketing campaign in 2018, Mr Lopez Obrador – who is thought in Mexico by his initials AMLO – pledged to promote the airplane, which was initially bought for $218m.

He informed supporters that he would fly commercially as an alternative, and adopted via on that promise solely days after taking workplace.

The airplane has been on sale for the previous a number of months and has been sitting in a California warehouse. Mexico can also be looking for to promote 60 government-owned planes and 70 helicopters.

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Throughout a press convention on Wednesday, Mr Lopez Obrador was requested about his settlement with the US, which incorporates deploying Mexico’s nationwide guard pressure to its southern border with Guatemala.

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Media captionA have a look at the steps Mexico is taking to cope with migrants

“About how a lot this plan goes to price, let me say, we’ve the finances,” Mr Lopez Obrador mentioned on the information convention.

“It might come out of what we’ll obtain from the sale of the luxurious presidential airplane.”

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The airplane was bought in 2016 and had been named the “José María Morelos y Pavón” after a pacesetter of the Mexican independence motion.

What’s the US-Mexico migration settlement?

The settlement between the US and Mexico reached final week averted Mr Trump’s plan to impose tariffs of 5% on imports from Mexico – America’s third largest commerce associate.

Mexico is deploying 6,000 Nationwide Guard personnel to the southern border with Guatemala to attempt to stem the circulate of migrants.

It has additionally agreed to help the growth of the scheme that returns asylum seekers already within the US to Mexico to await the processing of their claims.

Within the US, the circulate of migrants has reached such excessive ranges US fort previously used to detain Individuals of Japanese ancestry throughout World Battle II will quickly soak up as many as 1,400 unaccompanied migrant youngsters.

The bottom, Fort Sill in Oklahoma, has beforehand been used to deal with migrant youngsters, together with throughout Barack Obama’s presidency.

What’s the response?

On social media some Mexicans have criticised the president’s determination in regards to the airplane, and condemned the concept funds from the airplane – which was paid for by Mexican taxpayers – can be spent on non-Mexican migrants.

Others argued that if the airplane has not been offered prior to now six months, it’s unlikely to discover a purchaser within the subsequent 45 days, when the US-Mexico tariff deal expires.

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