Mexico Says Sale of Presidential Plane Will Control Illegal Migration
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has promised to use profits from the sale of his presidential plane to fund efforts to control illegal migration.
The move comes after Mexico and the US reached a deal to avoid US tariffs in conversation for Mexico doing more to halt Central American migration to the US.
During this movement, the leftist leader promised to sell the plane and use the money to help poorer societies.
He said the projected value of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is $150m (£120m).
The plane has been on sale for the past several months and has been completed sitting in a California warehouse. Mexico is also looking for to sell 60 government-owned planes and 70 helicopters.
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During a press conference on Wednesday, Mr. Lopez Obrador was asked about his contract with the US, which includes deploying Mexico’s National Guard force to its southern border with Guatemala.
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The plane was bought in 2016 and had been named the “José María Morelos y Pavón” after a leader of the Mexican freedom movement.
What is the US-Mexico migration agreement?
The agreement between the US and Mexico reached last week prevented Mr. Trump’s plan to execute tariffs of 5% on imports from Mexico – America’s third biggest trade partner.
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What is the reaction?
On social media some Mexicans have assessed the president’s judgment about the plane, and fated the idea that funds from the plane – which was paid for by Mexican taxpayers – would be spent on non-Mexican migrants.
Others debated that if the plane has not been sold in the past six months, it is unlikely to find a buyer in the next 45 days, when the US-Mexico tariff deal expires.