Mexico City, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) referred to Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, as “inhumane and anti-Christian” for mobilizing migrants aboard trucks during the Christmas season.
“There is an anti-immigrant group in the United States like the governor of Texas. This thing about the trucks is attributed to him, which is something totally inhumane. It may be that this man goes to temple or reads the Bible, but in reality, he is very inhuman and anti-Christian because that is not something that is done,” he said during his Tuesday morning press conference.
On December 25, Abbott sent more than 110 migrants to the home of Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C. The journey took around 36 hours in freezing cold temperatures.
López Obrador said “I celebrate and recognize what the associations in the United States that support migrants do because they are already aware of this type of baseness from these corrupt conservative politicians.”
He said “now that President Biden is going to meet with us,” referring to their already set January meeting, “we are going to deal with the issue in a structural way. We are proposing that there be a support program for the countries with the most poverty, with the most need, so that people are not forced to emigrate.”
Over the weekend, more than a hundred migrants seeking asylum in the United States were loaded onto buses by Texas officials and sent them to Washington.
The move was also criticized by White House spokesman Abdullah Hasan, who accused the Texas government of endangering human lives , as well as by various organizations.
The US Migrant Solidarity Mutual Aid Network, which took the migrants to a nearby church for help, said “this is not new, it has been going on for eight months.”
Texas governor Abbott has made similar moves before along with other Republican leaders.
In November, the Government of Mexico rejected measures announced by Abbott in relation to the involvement of state authorities in immigration and border control actions between Mexico and the United States.