By Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico
PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC
Mexico City, May 30, 2019
President Donald Trump:
I am aware of his last position in relation to Mexico. In advance, I express to you that I do not want confrontation.
The peoples and nations we represent deserve that, in the face of any conflict in our relations, however serious they may be, we will resort to dialogue and act with prudence and responsibility.
The best president of Mexico, Benito Juárez, maintained excellent relations with the republican hero Abraham Lincoln.
Later, when the oil expropriation, the Democratic president Franklin D. Roosevelt understood the profound reasons that led the patriotic president Lázaro Cárdenas to act in favor of our sovereignty.
By the way, President Roosevelt was a titan of liberties.
Before anyone proclaimed the four fundamental rights of man: the right to freedom of speech; the right to freedom of religion; the right to live free from fear; and the right to live free from misery.
In this thought we put our policy on the immigration issue.
Human beings do not abandon their villages for pleasure but for necessity.
That is why, from the beginning of my government, I proposed opting for cooperation for development and helping the Central American countries with productive investments to create jobs and resolve this painful issue in depth.
You also know that we are fulfilling our responsibility to avoid, as far as possible and without violating human rights, the passage through our country.
It is worth remembering that, in a short time, Mexicans will not need to go to the United States and that migration will be optional, not forced.
This, because we are fighting corruption, the main problem in Mexico as never before! And, in this way, our country will become a power with a social dimension.
Our countrymen will be able to work and be happy where they were born, where their relatives, their customs and their cultures are.
President Trump: social problems are not resolved by taxes or coercive measures.
How to convert the country of fraternity overnight to the world’s migrants in a ghetto, in a closed space, where the right to justice is stigmatized, mistreated, persecuted, expelled and canceled? to those who seek with effort and work to live free from misery?
The Statue of Liberty is not an empty symbol.
With all due respect, although it has the sovereign right to express it, the slogan “United States First” is a fallacy because until the end of time, even over national borders, universal justice and fraternity will prevail.
Specifically, Citizen President: I propose to deepen the dialogue, seek alternatives to fund the migration problem and, please remember that I do not lack courage, I’m not cowardly or timid but I act on principles:
I believe in politics that, among other things, was invented to avoid confrontation and war.
I do not believe in the Law of Talon, in the “tooth for tooth” or in the “eye for an eye” because, if we go to those, we would all be chimuelos or one-eyed.
I believe that statesmen, and even more so those of Nation, are obliged to seek peaceful solutions to controversies and to put into practice, forever, the beautiful ideal of non-violence.
Finally, I propose that you instruct your officials, if you do not mind, to attend representatives of our government, headed by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, who from tomorrow will move to Washington to reach an agreement for the benefit of the two nations.
Nothing by force, everything by reason and Law!
Andrés Manuel López Obrador
President of Mexico
National Palace, Plaza de la Constitución s / n, Patio de Honor, 06066 Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City
This article was originally published by “Mazatlan post“