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Mexico still selling presidential airplane

Gains will go financing anti-immigration measures

Gains that Mexico will derive from sale of the presidential airplane, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will be used to finance task force against illegal immigration. The decision came after agreement imposed by United States, under a threat of duties (see AVIONEWS), to counter with migration through Mexico from Central American countries to the States.

The aircraft had been put up for sale in recent months, along with other planes and helicopters property of the State. During election campaign President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had promised that selling the plane would serve to make measures in support of poorest people, but now the revenues will be diverted in the fight against immigration. Donald Trump granted a 45-day timeframe to curb flow of migrants, before demanding even harsher provisions. 

To meet the commitments made with the White House, Mexican government is deploying 6,000 National Guard units on the southern border with Guatemala. 

The B-787 Dreamliner, now stopped in a California hangar, was purchased in 2012 for $ 370 million. Lopez Obrador expects to get around $ 150 million.

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