Mexico has opened legal aid centres at its 50 consulates across the United States to defend its citizens amid worries of a crackdown on undocumented immigrants. The centres will provide free legal assistance to Mexican citizens who feel that their rights in the US are being threatened. On Saturday, Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray called on the US government to respect the rights of Mexicans, and urged the US to allow a path to legality for those without documents. "We are not promoting illegality," Videgaray said in a video of an event at the Mexican consulate in New York provided by the foreign ministry. He said Mexico's government wants its citizens in the US to follow the law but it also advocates the respect of human rights.
Mexico has condemned new guidelines issued by the United States on deporting undocumented immigrants. Under plans unveiled by the Trump administration on Tuesday, almost all people staying in the US illegally can be subject to deportation. Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said his country could not "accept unilateral decisions imposed by one government on another." The row comes as two top US officials are preparing to visit Mexico. The White House said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the head of Homeland Security, John Kelly, would talk to Mexican officials and "walk through" the implementation of the new immigration guidelines.
Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray rejected President Donald Trump's deportation policy Wednesday that could send millions of immigrants, not just Mexicans, over the southern U.S. border. Under the new guidelines on immigration, which were disclosed by the Trump administration Tuesday, almost all people living illegally in the U.S can be deported to Mexico. "Remember, everybody who is here illegally is subject to removal at any time. That is consistent with every country, not just ours. If you're in this country in an illegal manner, that obviously there's a provision that could ensure that you be removed," said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in a press briefing Tuesday.
A Mexican man has apparently taken his own life just half an hour after being deported from the United States. Guadalupe Olivas Valencia, 45, jumped from a bridge at the border after he was deported for the third time. He was found unconscious next to a plastic bag with his belongings and died in hospital a short while later. His death came as the Trump administration issued new guidelines to widen the net for deporting illegal immigrants from the US. Witnesses said Mr Olivas was shouting that he did not want to return to Mexico and seemed to be in severe distress.
MEXICO CITY/BERLIN – An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it will retaliate if the United States imposes a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond to any tax the United States unilaterally imposes on imports from its southern neighbor to finance the wall with levies on selected goods, aimed at U.S. regions most dependent on exports south of the border. "Without a doubt, we have that possibility, and what we cannot do is remain with our arms crossed," Videgaray said in a radio interview. "The Mexican government would have to respond." The statements by Videgaray and Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, who minimized the potential impact of the rumored loss of U.S. security aid, toughened the defiant tone from Mexico since President Enrique Pena Nieto last month canceled a trip to meet Trump over the wall dispute.