In what could very well give Donald Trump an instant heart attack if he ever learned of it, more than 200 Mexican troops snuck across the Mexican border into Texas 11 years ago. Momentarily forgetting to bring drugs and rape, the Mexican Army instead brought supplies and aid to desperate victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Not since World War II was a foreign army permitted to enter America, but the Mexican Army’s willingness to help Katrina victims proved to be sufficient enough. According to Stephen R. Kelly, a former U.S. diplomat who served in Mexico from 2004 to 2006, here’s how it all went down.
I was serving as the No. 2 at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City in August 2005 when Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast. The storm’s track posed no danger to Mexico, and we followed events like most expatriate Americans — aghast, but at a distance.
But not Mexicans. They were watching the same scenes of floating corpses and botched relief efforts in New Orleans. My chief contact at Mexico’sForeign Ministry called to say the Mexican army had two field kitchens that could feed storm victims who had made their way to Texas, he said, and the navy had two ships that could help with cleanup efforts in New Orleans.
I told my contact the offer was very generous, noted that many countries had offered assistance, and added that the State Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency would decide which offers to accept. He said it was too late for that. The convoy had already left Mexico City on its way to the border, and the ships were ready to steam from Veracruz.
America prides itself on always being ready and prepared to assist struggling nations following a major natural disaster and it should. But what happens when America suddenly finds itself devastated by a major natural disaster? Well, Mexico appeared to answer that question in the form of 184,000 ton of food and supplies.
With Florida preparing for its first category Hurricane of the season and assuming Donald Trump gets swept out to sea, maybe Mexico will lend a hand again.
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