Mexico won't accept Trump's 'unilateral' immigration rules
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 23, 2017,
Feb 23, 2017, 11:23
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Mexico ahead of talks with President Enrique Pena Nieto in a bid to "soothe tensions" between the two nations, a media report said.
"I want to say clearly and most emphatically that the Mexican government and the Mexican people have no reason to accept unilateral decisions imposed by one government on another", said Mexico's foreign relations secretary, Luis Videgaray. "We are not going to accept it because we don't have to accept it and because it is not in the interests of Mexico", he said. He hinted that Mexico might seek to challenge Trump's move at the United Nations or in other worldwide bodies. Reporters were given an official briefing ahead of the trip on condition that officials weren't quoted by name. This is implying that Mexico would need to provide such facilities for immigrants waiting to enter the US, who aren't necessarily Mexican. "I think the relationship with Mexico is phenomenal right now".
The stance has strained relations between the two allies.
Kelly's memos also instruct Immigration and Customs Enforcement to prioritize many unauthorized immigrants who are now in the USA for deportation.
"The new Trump plan ... puts Mexico in a hard position because we're not prepared for a massive return", said Guadalupe Chipole, who runs the Centre for Care and Support of Migrants in Mexico City. The number of Mexicans crossing the border illegally has dropped to a 40-year low, according to the Wilson Center.
They include plans to enforce an existing provision of the US Immigration and Nationality Act that allows authorities to send undocumented migrants back to Mexico, regardless of where they are from. Last month, Peña Nieto renounced an executive order from Trump that directed federal agencies to prepare to build a large security wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.
Tillerson, the new head of the State Department is spending his first weeks in office soothing over tensions sparked by the type of brash rhetoric that helped Trump win the White House.
Ventura was traveling to the United States but made a decision to apply for asylum in Mexico, citing the dangers traveling through Mexico and the uncertainty in the United States under President Donald Trump, December 6, 2016.
Throughout the campaign, Trump used Mexico as a punching bag, saying while he loved the Mexican people, even appreciated their leaders' intelligence, he blamed the country for taking American jobs and for a flow of crime and drugs across the border.
Widespread anti-Trump protests were held in 18 cities across Mexico earlier this month. In total, there are estimated to be close to six million undocumented Mexican immigrants living in the US.
A trio of Democratic senators visited Mexico in advance of Tillerson and Kelly's trip. Putting the blame on Trump, Sen.
"I'm very much in favor of this resolution", Councilor Gill Sorg said.