|Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico will not accept new U.S. immigration policy|
The statement was issued by Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray one day after the Trump administration unveiled it's new guidelines for enforcing immigration laws.
Videgaray said the treatment of Mexican migrants in the United States would top his country's agenda when President Enrique Peña Nieto meets today with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly saying...
“I want to make clear, in the most emphatic way, that the government of Mexico and the Mexican people do not have to accept measures that, in a unilateral way, one government wants to impose on another,”
He added that if necessary Mexico would go to the United Nations to defend the rights of its migrants.
Despite the claims of the Department of Homeland Security that its new directives focus on criminals and those who pose a threat to the U.S. the new rules geant expanded authority of federal agents to deport the vast majority of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States as all federal immigration officers would be allowed to conduct "expedited removal" anywhere in the U.S. against people who arrived here in the previous two years.
This latest dispute threatens to further damage already strained U.S.-Mexico relations, which has deteriorated when Trump promised to build a wall along the border wall at Mexico's expense and his attempt to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that he said has unfairly benefited Mexico.
The current upheaval promises to jeopardize the recent cooperation between the two countries in which the U.S. has provided financial, technical and intelligence assistance in Mexico’s decade-long crackdown on drug cartels and Mexico's 2014 initiative to secure its southern border in which it has detained and deported more than 300,000 Central Americans.
Adding to the nonsensical new orders the Trump administration is putting into place Trump's talk of repealing NAFTA is equally as baffling. The trade rules have been a boon for Mexico’s middle class which has in turn stemmed the tide of undocumented workers from coming into the US illegally as population estimates show more Mexicans are returning home than heading north.