Mayor of Tijuana erects piece of Berlin Wall along US border to teach 'lesson'

Mexican officials took aim at the United States' immigration policies by installing a concrete slab of the Berlin Wall within feet away from the US Border Wall that separates California from Tijuana, Mexico.

Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero directed the 3-ton Cold War relic to be installed in Friendship Park in a project titled, "A World Without Walls." Written on the slab of concrete is the inscription, "May this be a lesson to build a society that knocks down walls and builds bridges."

When asked why Caballero decided to erect the piece in Tijuana, the mayor said "How many families have shed blood, labor, and their lives to get past the wall," according to the New York Post.
 

"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," Caballero said.

Marcos Cline, the owner of the artifact, said he attempted to deliver the piece to former President Donald Trump while he was in office but the Trump administration didn't want it.

The piece of the Berlin Wall that is displayed at Friendship Park, which was established in 1971 by former First Lady Pat Nixon to honor US-Mexican relations, now serves as a critical message to the United States.

The artifact is currently situated next to a brand-new construction site that the Biden administration has approved to finish the remainder of the 18-foot-tall border wall in San Diego, according to the outlet. The approval to continue the construction of the border wall came after President Biden backtracked on his executive order signed on his first day in office that ceased border wall construction.

While Mexico's message-driven move comes as the United States aims to stop the flow of illegal immigration, the Berlin Wall was installed by the Soviets to divide a nation against itself, unlike the US-Mexico border wall.

Throughout his term in office, President Biden's administration has struggled to stop the flow of people crossing the border between the United States and Mexico illegally. Around the middle of this year, hundreds of thousands of immigrants were entering the United States illegally each month, with Fox News reporting that "US Customs and Border Protection recorded 183,503 interactions with migrants in July."

CBP Commissioner Troy Miller said in a statement last week: "We remain vigilant and continue to adjust our operational plans to maximize enforcement efforts against those individuals who do not use lawful pathways or processes, knowing that smugglers continue to use disinformation to prey on vulnerable individuals."

Caballero concluded by saying that although she understands that the United States must police its own borders, the wall nonetheless stands for "violence" and "family separation."


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