WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the United States, a trip to Mexico and Canada, the first time the two countries will be visited by a U.S. president, is a no-brainer.
But the same goes for trips to Canada and Mexico in the months ahead, the United Kingdom and Germany in 2018, France in 2019 and Germany, Russia and India in 2020.
And now, Trump is going to Mexico again, and his first stop is a border town in Tijuana, Mexico.
The president will be on a trip that is the subject of growing concern in Mexico, where some are worried about the implications of Trump’s plans to deport more than 5 million undocumented immigrants.
“I think it is very possible that it could be a real threat to the U.K. or other Western European countries,” said Carlos López, a Mexico-based Mexico expert at the London School of Economics.
The issue is that Trump is already under pressure from the United Nations, European Union and Mexico to begin deporting the undocumented.
He is also facing criticism for his controversial travel ban, which critics say discriminates against Mexicans.
Some experts also warn of a backlash if Trump starts moving his plans.
Mexico has a history of protecting its borders.
But in recent decades, it has also been increasingly drawn into conflict with the United State over its border.
That has prompted many of Mexico’s allies to worry about a U:S.
pivot to a more militaristic posture that could make it harder for them to work with the U:US in the region, including in Mexico.
“The idea that the U could be shifting toward a more aggressive stance toward Mexico and other countries, I think could have a very damaging impact on Mexico,” said Pedro Álvarez, a professor of political science at the University of the Pacific in San Diego.
A Trump visit to Tijuana would be his first official visit to Mexico since becoming president, and would be the first by a sitting president to the country since President Vicente Fox.
Trump has called the U.:US relationship with Mexico “one of the worst in the world.”
Trump has promised to use the visit to press Mexico to enforce border controls, though some worry that could be more of a gesture than a commitment.
“It could be used as a bargaining chip in the future to try to negotiate a better trade deal,” said Daniel Schorr, a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
It is also unclear whether Trump would go to Tepoztlán to meet with his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Pena Nieto.
Mexico’s government has said it will not allow the president to meet Pena, who has criticized Trump for the border wall.
On Tuesday, Pena said he would not meet Trump if he came to the United Mexico border city.
The United States is the main trading partner of Mexico, with the two nations sharing about $3 trillion worth of trade and about $1.2 trillion of foreign investment.
The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned of the possibility of human rights abuses, including torture and enforced disappearances.
Trump’s trip will come as his administration is also under fire for the deportations of more than 2,000 people who are in the country illegally.
“He is not going to meet or have any kind of conversation with the people who have been deported,” said José Luis García, a University of Southern California political scientist who has been following Trump’s immigration policies.
Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, said on Tuesday that the United states is responsible for the deportation of people who entered the country without permission, but not for those who crossed illegally.
He did not say whether Trump was planning to visit the border city of Tijuana.
“In terms of this president, he has not been able to take any decisions,” Peña said.
“He is going through a phase of negotiations.”
(Reporting by Michael Nanchoff in Washington, Editing by Lisa Shumaker and David Gregorio)