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During Her Visit To Mexico, This World Leader Took Trump’s Wall To Church

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During a recent visit to Mexico, German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke critically on building walls between nations.


Though Chancellor Merkel made no mention of the U.S. President, her message was clearly addressing Trump’s proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Standing alongside Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Merkel brought attention to the immigration issues that walls cannot fix.


“Obviously the main reason for people leaving must be addressed on site first, which means putting up walls and cutting oneself off will not solve the problem,” German Chancellor Merkel said during her speech.

And she pointed out the historical failure of walls between nations.


As The Telegraph reported, Merkel used examples throughout history — namely the Roman Empire and China’s Great Wall — where border walls did not improve relations, saying, “[..] only when great empires have managed to forge sensible relationships with their neighbors and to manage migration has it been a success.”

Germany is no stranger to walls, btw.

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For nearly 30 years, Germany was a nation divided into its East and West. The division was most obvious in the country’s capital, Berlin, where a 100-plus mile divided the city in two halves, and it completely encircled West Berlin. In 1989, news channels around the world captured the destruction of the wall and the moment loved ones on either side were finally reunited. Over the years, nearly 80 people were killed while trying to cross the Berlin Wall.

H/T: GUARDIAN – Angela Merkel condemns ‘putting up walls’ during Mexico visit

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Trump Is Expected To Change The U.S. Policy On Cuba After A Review Led By Cuban-American Politicians

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Trump Is Expected To Change The U.S. Policy On Cuba After A Review Led By Cuban-American Politicians

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President Donald Trump is expected to make a substantial announcement about U.S.-Cuba relations on Friday. According to NPR, both Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Florida Representative Mario Diaz-Balart have been working closely with Trump to restrict both travel and trade in Cuba. NPR is also reporting that one of the new restrictions expected to be announced on Friday is limiting trips to the country to only one time a year. This change could have heartbreaking impact on Cuban-Americans with family still on the island.

“Imagine, your mother is sick in Cuba,” James Williams, the president of Engage Cuba, which is a non-profit group of private companies and organizations to help open ties between the U.S. and Cuba, told NPR. “You might have to decide between going to see her in the hospital bed before she dies or going to the funeral. And that is just tragic.”

But those in favor of restricting some travel and trade to Cuba argue that restricting the amount of foreign money going into the island will only motivate the Cuba to make changes to its government. According to Miami Herald, many Cuban dissidents believe it’s the right time to apply pressure to the Castro regime to implement policies that will benefit the Cuban people, not the Cuban government.

“We believe that this is the moment for a maximum reversal of some policies that only benefit the Castro regime and does very little or nothing for the oppressed people. It is time to impose strong sanctions on the regime of Raúl Castro,” Cuban dissident leader José Daniel Ferrer wrote in an open letter to Trump. He added: “The time has come to impose strong sanctions to Raul Castro’s regime, and also to that of Nicolás Maduro. Because of its high position in the free world, the U.S. should not remain indifferent to the crimes committed by both of these regimes against their people.”

Pew Research Center did a study to gauge the American sentiment about the United States’ diplomatic relationship with Cuba. It found that Americans overwhelmingly approve attempts to repair the relationship with the island country rather than isolating it.

There hasn’t been any recent implication that Trump will reenact the ‘wet foot, dry foot’ law, which gave Cuban nationals legal residency if they reached U.S. soil.


READ: Cuban Refugees Will No Longer Benefit From ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’

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