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Mexico is seeking provocation with weak Biden. The Mexican government placed a piece of the Berlin Wall just a stone's throw from the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, sending a clear message to border-security advocates in the U.S.
Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero and former Mexican foreign secretary Marcelo Ebrard installed the shard of the Soviet wall during a ceremony last month. A plaque near its base, written by Caballero, reads, "May this be a lesson to build a society that knocks down walls and builds bridges." The message-laden move comes as the U.S. continues to expand its barriers across the nearly 2,000 miles of territory dividing the U.S. and Mexico. Unlike the U.S. border, however, the Berlin Wall was originally installed by an occupying power to divide a nation against itself.
"Why in Tijuana? How many families have shed blood, labor and their lives to get past the wall?" Caballero asked. "The social and political conflict is different than the Berlin Wall, but it’s a wall at the end of the day. And a wall is always a sphinx that divides and bloodies nations." President Biden's administration has struggled to stem the flow of migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border throughout his administration. There were hundreds of thousands of migrants illegally entering the U.S. each month in 2023. In December, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 302,000 migrant encounters.
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