US Promises No Mass Deportations over Mexican 'Concern, Irritation'

But the visit also comes after a long series of biting remarks Trump has made about Mexico that most recently resulted in the cancellation of a visit to the White House by Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto.

"We have been a great ally to fight problems with migration, narcotics", Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said earlier this month.

CITY-U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that America won't enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be "no mass deportations".

Mexico is reacting with anger to a Trump administration plan to deport non-Mexican illegal immigrants over their border if they entered the United States from the southern neighbouring nation. Back in reality, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray had a different take, roundly rejecting the Department of Homeland Security's new deportation policies.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly spoke to reporters during a diplomatic visit to Mexico on Thursday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Pena Nieto canceled a planned meeting with Trump in Washington last month in reaction to the U.S. leader's vow to make Mexico pay for the wall.

The United States has allocated $2.6 billion worth of aid to Mexico for fighting crime under the 2008 "Merida initiative", U.S. officials say.

But responding to his comments in a radio interview, Mr Videgaray said Mexico would "have to respond" if the U.S. tried to fund the estimated $21.5bn wall by taxing Mexican imports.

There were some signs of congeniality behind closed doors.

Tillerson drank tequila with Mexican counterparts at dinner on Wednesday night, a person familiar with the event said.

The trip came as tensions between the USA and its longtime ally reached new highs.

What has the USA said? I think the relationship with Mexico is phenomenal right now.

Videgaray and Pena Nieto have been criticized at home for being too willing to engage with the Republican president.

He said the issue would dominate the talks on Wednesday and Thursday.

In the notice, CBP says it will issue a formal solicitation sometime around March 6 "for the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico". But according to La Jornada, the Mexican top official adopted much tougher rhetoric in private with Mexican congressional representatives, warning that the country was prepared to engage in an economic war with the United States in response to harmful policies.

"We will insist [on] the need of maintaining the deportation schemes in an orderly fashion so as to guarantee the rights of all Mexicans in your country", he said. It is also said to pursue furthering respect for human rights and the rule of law.

According to the memo, the US even wants to build a video conferencing system in Mexico to allow asylum seekers to plead their cases in front of American immigration officials.

  • Larry Hoffman