Mexico Offers The U.S. Help And Cooperation For Those Affected By Harvey Amidst Talk Of A Border Wall

"As good neighbors should always do in times of difficulty."

On Sunday, Mexico's Foreign Ministry offered to help aid Americans in any way it can as Harvey continues to wreak havoc throughout the southern United States. In the midst of the storm's flooding, President Trump took to Twitter to slam Mexico for violence and assure his supporters they will be paying for "THE WALL." Responding to the president, Mexico's Foreign Ministry denied that it would pay for any wall but instead offered to help with recovery efforts as Harvey is expected to dump up to 50 inches of rain on some parts of Texas.

"With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL," Trump tweeted. "Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other."



But the Mexico Foreign Ministry's response was shared widely on Twitter and cheered by many onlookers.

"The government of Mexico takes this opportunity to express its full solidarity with the people and government of the United States for the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and reports that we have offered the US government all the help and cooperation that can be provided by the different Mexican governmental agencies to deal with the impacts of this natural disaster, as good neighbors should always do in times of difficulty," the ministry said.

The ministry added that Mexico would not "under any circumstance" pay for the border wall.

"As the Mexican government has always stated, our country will not pay, under any circumstances, for a wall or physical barrier built on US territory along the Mexican border," the statement read. "This statement is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but rather a principle of national sovereignty and dignity."

It's not the first time Mexico has offered America help during a natural disaster. After Hurricane Katrina, Mexican troops came to New Orleans and helped with clean up and recovery efforts. 

In May, the White House privately circulated a draft plan to pay for the wall that included cutting funding for the coast guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), two groups that have been essential in rescue operations during Hurricane Harvey. Thankfully, both have avoided cuts, and our neighbors to the south have continued to offer their help. 

Experts are calling Harvey an "800-year-storm." More than 30,000 people are expected to need shelter, several have died and current forecasts are predicted Harvey will circle back and make landfall again on Wednesday. 

Thankfully, people across the country — from Texas breweries to the NYPD — are stepping up to help.

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