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During a visit to Mexico this past week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized the creation of physical border walls.
Merkel joined Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto at an event in Mexico City, where she stated that “putting up walls and cutting oneself off” will not solve the fundamental problems of immigration. Merkel says that what must be addressed are people’s reasons for leaving their own country and settling into another. From there, leaders can focus on improving standards of living, employment opportunities, and diplomatic relationships.
“Essentially, only when great empires have managed to forge sensible relationships with their neighbors and to manage migration has it been a success.” – Angela Merkel
During the election, then-candidate Donald Trump promised to “build a wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border in order to prevent people from crossing into the United States. Although she did not mention Trump’s proposed plan specifically, Merkel has disagreed with Trump in the past. With Merkel as leader, the German government has welcomed thousands of refugees into the country.