Mexico warns companies not to work on border wall

The government of Mexico on Tuesday warned Mexican companies that it would not be in their best interest to engage in the construction of President Trump’s proposed border wall, yet noted that no legal restrictions or sanctions would be imposed on them should they participate in the project.

Mexican companies could potentially reap great benefits from working to build the barrier, but they face public pressure from fellow Mexicans who consider the wall, and Trump’s claim that Mexico will pay for it, offensive.

“We’re not going to have laws to restrict (companies), but I believe, considering your reputation, it would undoubtedly be in your interest to not participate in the construction of the wall,” said Mexican economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo.

“There won’t be a law with sanctions, but Mexicans and Mexican consumers will know how to value those companies that are loyal to our national identity and those that are not,” Guajardo noted.

Mexico’s foreign minister, Luis Videgaray expressed similar sentiments Friday, asserting that Mexican companies that see a business opportunity in the wall should “check their conscience” first.

Mexico’s Cemex, one of the world’s largest cement producers, has said it is open to providing a bid to supply the raw materials for the wall construction. Competitor Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua has also indicated interest in working on the project.

Cemex and Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua maintain a strong presence in the United States.

In response to a media report published last week claiming that Cemex will not participate in constructing the border wall, company spokesman Jorge Perez told Reuters, “I confirmed that we will not participate in the bidding process. That is all we have said.”

Perez chose not to comment when asked if Cemex would provide raw materials, such as cement, to companies selected to build the wall.

Of approximately 720 companies that registered on the U.S. government’s website as vendors interested in opportunities related to the construction of the wall, the only Mexican company listed was Ecovelocity, a small, four-member company from the central city of Puebla seeking to provide LED lights that it imports mostly from China.

Mexican activists have implored consumers and local government officials to boycott Ecovelocity.

H/T: Reuters

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