The anger is still boiling and has prompted an opposition lawmaker to present legislation preparing for a potential Trump victory in November. The proposed bill would empower the Mexican government to retaliate against Trump's potentially hostile policies. This, according to reports, includes giving the Mexican Senate the power to review dozens of existing bilateral treaties with the United States, including the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, where Mexico ceded more than half a million square miles of its territory to the United States.
The proposal, pushed by center-left Sen. Armando RÍos Piter, probably will not pass, but it is a sign of the outrage felt in Mexico over Trump's rhetoric and the prospect of his presidency. It would make funding Trump's border wall illegal and call for countermeasures should Trump try to divert the billions of dollars that Mexicans in the United States send home in remittances.
"In cases where the property/assets of (our) fellow citizens or companies are affected by a foreign government, as Donald Trump has threatened, the Mexican government should proportionally expropriate assets and properties of foreigners from that country on our territory," reads a draft of the bill cited by Reuters.
Trump is outspoken in his criticism for the North American Free Trade Agreement, which for two decades has served as the basis for economic ties between the two nations. U.S.-Mexico bilateral trade stands around a half-trillion dollars a year.
“This [bill] is simply to protect a successful 22-year-old relationship [Nafta] that has helped both nations," Ríos Piter told the Financial Times. "We want to defend that from a position that seeks to destroy it. We have to put it in black and white.”
Of course, rejecting the legal basis for Washington's claim over the American Southwest and Pacific coast would certainly send a message. The British newspaper says the initiative is the brainchild of former leftist lawmaker Agustín Barrios Gómez, who now leads the Mexico Image Foundation, which is aimed at improving the perception of the country overseas.
“We don’t want this,” Barrios Gómez told the Financial Times about the proposal. "But ripping up Nafta and wrecking a carefully forged relationship that goes far beyond trade to security would be mutually assured destruction."
He has been making similar warnings for quite some time. In an interview earlier this year with the website of the Americas Society, a New York-based think tank, Barrios Gómez suggested that Trump's policies could dangerously destabilize the region.
"Trump is potentially an apocalyptic black swan event for the economy of North America," he said.
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