Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in response to President Trump's threat to impose tariffs on Mexico, said social problems cannot be resolved with "coercive measures."
He added that the "Statue of Liberty is not an empty symbol," in an open letter to President Trump.
Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on Mexico unless it steps up its immigration enforcement actions.
President López Obrador (also known by his initials AMLO) asked how the United States could "overnight" transform from a country signifying hope for migrants to a "ghetto" where they are "stripped of their rights."
Here's his letter:
"President Trump: social problems are not resolved with tariffs or coercive measures. How do we, overnight, transform a country with brotherly sentiments towards migrants of the world to a ghetto; to a closed space, where we stigmatize, mistreat, persecute, expel, and strip the rights of those who with effort and work, look to live free of misery? The Statue of Liberty is not an empty symbol. With all due respect, and while you have the sovereign right to express it, your slogan “America First” is a fallacy, because until the end of time, beyond national borders, justice and universal brotherhood will prevail."