Migrants, murders and Trump

Jude Webber on the headaches Mexico’s president faces in dealing with the US

The World Today Published 5 December 2019 Updated 2 November 2020 4 minute READ

Jude Webber

Mexico and Central America Correspondent, Financial Times

At the precise moment in November that Mexico announced it had granted asylum to Evo Morales, the former Bolivian president, an imposing convoy of Chevy Suburbans crossed its northern border from the United States.

Inside were scores of FBI agents. Their mission: to investigate the deaths of three dual-nationality Mormon women and six of their children murdered by a drug cartel near their home in northern Mexico. The killings prompted Donald Trump to tweet that he was prepared to ‘wage war’ and to wipe out the drug cartels as soon as Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the word.

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