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Mexico May Revoke Treaties With U.S. If Trump Wins

| by Sarah Zimmerman
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A new bill is set to be introduced to the Mexican Congress which would revoke all 75 current treaties with the U.S. if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is elected.

The bill, which is set to be introduced by liberal Senator Armando Rios Piter, comes after a meeting between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Many have criticized Trump's attitudes toward Mexico -- especially the part where he is demanding the country pay for a border wall. Trump has called Mexican immigrants "rapists," according to Financial Times.

The meeting was meant to strengthen relations between Mexico and the Republican nominee. However, the visit appeared to do just the opposite, according to CNN. After the meeting, Pena Nieto made it clear that Mexico would never pay for a border wall and that Trump's political stances "are a threat to Mexico."

Now, relations between Trump and Mexico are becoming even more strained as Rios Piter introduces a radical new bill into Congress, according to Financial Times. The initiative will revoke a number of treaties between Mexico and the U.S. if Trump is elected president, and ultimately ends the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Among the treaties considered for repeal is the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, in which Mexico agreed to cede half of its territory to the U.S, including what is now California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. 

"This is the first step towards establishing a public policy about how Mexico should react in the face of a threat," said Rios Piter. "This [bill] is simply to protect a successful 22-year-old relationship that has helped both nations. We want to defend that from a position that seeks to destroy it. We have to put it in black and white."

Agustin Barrios Gomez, a former legislator, is responsible for the bill's inception. He, along with other left-wing politicians are taking radical action to prevent the Mexican government from paying for a border wall and to stop Trump from ending NAFTA. If Trump tried to take away the $24 billion in annual payments the U.S. gives to Mexico, then the country would seize the same amount by increasing trade tax.

"We don’t want this," said Barrios Gomez to the Financial Times. “But ripping up NAFTA​ and wrecking a carefully forged relationship that goes far beyond trade to security would be ‘mutually assured destruction.'”

Sources: The Financial Times, CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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