Mexico withdrawals initial offer to aid Texas citizens

Days afters Hurricane Harvey ripped through Texas, Mexico is devastated by earthquake and hurricane


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Members of the South Carolina’s Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (SC-HART) perform rescue operations in Port Arthur, Texas, August 31, 2017. The SC-HART team consists of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the South Carolina Army National Guard with four Soldiers who are partnered with three rescue swimmers from the State Task Force and provide hoist rescue capabilities. Multiple states and agencies nationwide were called to assist citizens impacted by the epic amount of rainfall in Texas and Louisiana from Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez)

By Kensly Landry, Staff Writer

Hurricane Harvey  devastated the greater Houston area of Texas and parts of Louisiana from August 25th through September 2nd, 2017. The storm was a category 4 with record rainfalls of 40-52 inches in Southern Texas and Louisiana. The death toll has clocked in at around 71 people, so far.

After several days of constant rainfall, Houston, along with several surrounding cities, were left with severe flooding. People’s homes were completely underwater, animals were left behind; the whole town had been destroyed.

While Houston, Port Arthur, and several other towns were experiencing some of the worst rainfall in Texas history, President Donald Trump was tweeting about building a wall to keep Mexican citizens out of America. Despite Trump’s constant defiling of Mexico on Twitter, they still offered aid relief to Texans who were devastated by the hurricane, just like they did after Hurricane Katrina.

During Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, Mexican troops helped serve food and donated tons of supplies to those affected by the hurricane. They have always extended a helping hand to their American neighbors, and President Trump’s constant threats has not stopped them from being a good neighbor.

Many did not know that Mexico offered a helping hand to Texas, rather focusing on Trump’s tweets about the country “being one of the highest crime nations in the world”.

While Trump chose not to comment on Mexico’s statement offering aid to Texans, Texas governor, Greg Abbott, accepted the help from Mexico. Mexico had offered to supply the Texas government with vehicles and food. According to Linley Sanders at Newsweek, Mexico also offered personnel and technical equipment as well.

The Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and the Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary, Luis Videgaray Caso, had a meeting in which Texas accepted the aid from Mexico. Tillerson thanked the government and Videgaray stated “…We are here to help. We are friends…”.

However, not long after they made the initial act of kindness, the Mexican government retracted it’s offer. Unfortunately, just days after Harvey hit, Mexico was hit with an 8.2 earthquake, killing at least 95 people and injuring tons more. 

These natural disasters have completely devastated Texas and Mexico.”

— Kensly Landry

They made the decision to redirect all supplies back to parts of Mexico affected by the earthquake, as well as areas affected by Hurricane Katia.

They have chosen to focus on helping the citizens in Mexico, seeing as how Texas has gotten lots of things needed to help them bounce back from the storm. In Mexico, thousands of people have been displaced, homes have been completely demolished.

Reportedly, at least 300,000 people in Mexico have been affected by the earthquake, so it is understandable as to why they chose to revert their initial offer to Texas. This was the largest earthquake to hit Mexico in a century.

Despite the intense damage that was done to the country, Mexico has, reportedly, not asked for any international help. The Trump administration has not offered its condolences or extended a helping hand to the U.S.’s neighboring country. Both Texas and Mexico have suffered serious damage and several citizens have lost their lives.

These natural disasters have completely devastated Texas and Mexico.