Mexico to sell president’s plane ‘to curb migration’

Mexico to sell president’s plane ‘to curb migration’

Mexico to sell president’s plane ‘to curb migration’

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The Mexican presidential plane became once bought in 2016

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pledged to make spend of profits from the sale of his presidential plane to fund efforts to curb unlawful migration.

The pass comes after Mexico and the US reached a deal to steer obvious of US tariffs in exchange for Mexico doing more to live Central American migration to the US.

For the length of his campaign, the leftist leader pledged to sell the plane and spend the money to abet poorer communities.

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

For the length of the presidential campaign in 2018, Mr Lopez Obrador – who is known in Mexico by his initials AMLO – pledged to sell the plane, which became once originally bought for $218m.

He instructed supporters that he would flit commercially in its place, and adopted via on that promise handiest days after taking save of abode of business.

The plane has been on sale for the previous so a lot of months and has been sitting in a California warehouse. Mexico is also looking out out for to sell 60 executive-owned planes and 70 helicopters.

For the length of a press conference on Wednesday, Mr Lopez Obrador became once requested about his settlement with the US, which involves deploying Mexico’s nationwide guard force to its southern border with Guatemala.

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Media captionA watch on the steps Mexico is taking to address migrants

“About how great this device is going to payment, let me advise, we beget got the charge range,” Mr Lopez Obrador acknowledged on the news conference.

“It would come out of what we are going to ranking from the sale of the lush presidential plane.”

The plane became once bought in 2016 and had been named the “José María Morelos y Pavón” after a trek-setter of the Mexican independence traipse.

What’s the US-Mexico migration settlement?

The settlement between the US and Mexico reached closing week averted Mr Trump’s device to impose tariffs of 5% on imports from Mexico – The USA’s third very best commerce partner.

Mexico is deploying 6,000 National Guard personnel to the southern border with Guatemala to beget a examine out to stem the scuttle with the traipse of migrants.

It has also agreed to beef up the growth of the blueprint that returns asylum seekers already in the US to Mexico to appear forward to the processing of their claims.

Within the US, the scuttle with the traipse of migrants has reached such excessive phases that a US fort beforehand used to detain American citizens of Japanese ancestry all over World War II will in short take in as many as 1,400 unaccompanied migrant teens.

The misguided, Fort Sill in Oklahoma, has beforehand been used to home migrant teens, including all over Barack Obama’s presidency.

What’s the reaction?

On social media some Mexicans beget criticised the president’s decision in regards to the plane, and condemned the premise that funds from the plane – which became once paid for by Mexican taxpayers – could maybe well be spent on non-Mexican migrants.

Others argued that if the plane has now not been sold in the previous six months, it’s far now not going to search out a buyer in the subsequent 45 days, when the US-Mexico tariff deal expires.

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