Published: Fri, February 24, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

United States official tells Mexico there will be 'no mass deportations'

United States official tells Mexico there will be 'no mass deportations'

Trump has outraged Mexico by vowing to build a wall along the border to keep out migrants from Latin America, whom he branded rapists and criminals during his presidential campaign.

The new rules, issued on Tuesday, mean nearly all illegal immigrants would be subject to deportation, with the United States government seeking to send many of them back over the southern border, even if they are not Mexican citizens.

Tillerson said the meeting "reaffirmed" the close cooperation between the two countries on energy, legal migration, security, education exchanges and people-to-people ties.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer also attempted to clean up Trump's statement during a press briefing later Thursday, saying that the president was referring to the "precision" and "flawless manner" in which his executive orders on immigration were being carried out.

By Friday, American officials are required to finish calculating all the money and grants that the United States provides to Mexico, a task that Mr. Trump first demanded in the executive order he signed last month directing the construction of a border wall.

The idea of deporting non-Mexicans to Mexico as long as they entered the US from that country is a never-implemented provision in American immigration law.

DHS argues that this policy will be applied to immigrants who "do not pose a risk of a subsequent illegal entry or attempted illegal entry", and that it will free up resources so that the agency can focus on higher-priority deportation cases.

The Trump administration, meanwhile, rolled out new directives this week to ramp up enforcement of illegal immigration.

Mexico is strongly against the new United States immigration measures and will do everything to protect its nationals overseas, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray emphasized.

Back in the US, Trump was sounding less committed.

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President Donald Trump said his secretary of state faced a "tough trip" in Mexico, as Rex Tillerson prepared to meet the Mexican president during his first visit to the U.S. neighbour.

While Spicer offered one take on US-Mexico relations, the sentiment down south could not be more different.

On Tuesday, the Trump administration issued guidance on deportations that could apply to every undocumented immigrant in the U.S. and enable state and local law enforcement to act as immigration officers.

"The Mexican government will take all the measures legally possible to defend the human rights of Mexicans overseas, especially in the United States", Videgaray said. Now, they may have to absorb illegal immigrants from the United States, even if they are not Mexican.

Last week, White House officials said they were not considering mobilizing the National Guard to help enforce immigration law, which had been floated in a draft memo obtained by the Associated Press.

"We also have control of our borders and we will exercise it fully", he said, adding that Mexico is ready to go to the United Nations to protect the rights and freedoms of its citizens under worldwide law.

Another senior Mexican official, Roberto Campa, who heads the human rights department of the interior ministry, said Videgaray was referring to the plan to deport non-Mexicans to Mexico, calling it "hostile" and "unacceptable". "Most illegal immigration is coming from our southern border".

"There is no extraterritoriality in domestic policy measures, either under a healthy relationship between neighboring countries or under global law", said the official. This week, Donald "Winning" Trump has done it again!

Canadian officials say they are monitoring people crossing the border, but are not anxious at this stage, given the number of asylum seekers is relatively small.

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