Kelly, Tillerson, Videgaray, Osorio Chong and Finance Secretary José Antonio Meade in Mexico City today. Kelly, Tillerson, Videgaray, Osorio Chong and Meade in Mexico City today.

No mass deportations, US assures Mexico

As tensions continue, senior US officials met with their Mexican counterparts today

There will be no mass deportations of illegal immigrants by the United States, said that country’s Homeland Security Secretary today after meeting with Mexican government officials.

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John Kelly made the assurance during a press conference at which Interior Secretary Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong said the federal government expressed its disagreement with policies that would lead to an increase in deportations and citizens of other countries being deported to Mexico.

Mexican officials have been alarmed this week over the consequences of a new order by U.S. President Donald Trump to round up and deport illegal immigrants.

Kelly and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Mexico yesterday for a meeting that the Trump administration has called a step toward mutual understanding.

The U.S. officials met with Osorio Chong, Finance Secretary José Antonio Meade and Foreign Affairs Secretary Luis Videgaray, who conceded that while there are differences between the two nations both will work together on behalf of their citizens.

He forecast a long road ahead to build accords with the U.S. but said they took a step in the right direction today.

The Foreign Affairs Secretary said Tillerson and Kelly were advised that a major concern for Mexico is the rights of Mexicans in the U.S., their “human rights in particular.”

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Tillerson highlighted the need to strengthen efforts to combat arms trafficking and shut down the networks that transport drugs and people. Both he and Videgaray referred to the importance of attending to the causes of migration from Central America, particularly Guatemala and Honduras.

Tillerson said energy, security and education were also discussed today.

A key concern for Mexico this week has been the deportation to Mexico of citizens of other countries, notably those of Central America, which arose after Kelly signed a memorandum last week that said illegal immigrants would be deported to the country from which they entered the U.S.

The policy measure drew a sharp rebuke yesterday from Videgaray who described it as a unilateral action that was unprecedented and unacceptable.

But during a visit yesterday in Guatemala Kelly contradicted that position and said undocumented immigrants would be treated in a “humane” manner and returned to their home countries.

Videgaray also warned yesterday that Mexico would not hesitate to denounce the U.S. before the United Nations if decrees issued by Trump against immigrants violated international law.

Kelly said today that deportations will be conducted lawfully and with respect for the rights of deportees.

“The focus will be on people with criminal records and everything will be done as always, with close collaboration with the government of Mexico,” he said.

“We have to ensure that fewer migrants make that dangerous journey to the United States . . . We will work hand in hand with our Mexican brothers.”

Kelly also emphasized there would be no military force used in immigration operations.

As he made that statement his boss was describing the crackdown on illegal immigrants as a military one.

Trump said in Washington that “all of the sudden for the first time we’re getting gang members out, we’re getting drug lords out, we’re getting really bad dudes out of this country” through a “military operation.” He said Kelly has been “unbelievable at the border.”

However, both the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, which operates under Kelly’s Department of Homeland Security, and the Border Patrol are not military but civilian organizations.

Source: Milenio (sp), El Universal (sp), Reforma (sp), Politico (en)

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  • Brooklyn_Reader

    Just saying… If Mexico had an excuse to revoke citizenships, you know, like if they considered someone had renounced their citizenship, explicitly or implicitly by emigrating to another, “better,” country and establishing a permanent life there, that would make them ineligible to be deported to Mexico. Wouldn’t it?

    Maybe something to consider? Unless you want 11 million American refugees flooding Mexico and tipping the economy into poverty, that is.

    • Yes, well, that would be very humane of Mexico to alienate their own citizens. Wouldn’t it :/

      • Brooklyn_Reader

        Wouldn’t that depend on whether they wanted to be alienated?

        • I suppose Iraq might be willing to take them in as political refugees?

    • Fred Alexander

      Renouncing citizenship is like a criminal saying I am no longer a criminal, so you cannot prosecute me.

    • TioDon

      Sorry, BR, that poverty ship has already sailed.

    • Donald Blair Godier

      What? Not 1 US citizen has been deported BR from the US, the people being deported are not US citizens AND they have criminal records or existing self deportation orders.

  • Linda Sonna

    Sounds great…except that mass deportations are already taking place of “criminals” – some of whom committed the crime of entering the U.S. illegally. So what does it mean to say there won’t be mass deportations when mass deportations are taking place & Trump is threatening “sanctuary cities” with the loss of federal funds if they don’t join the effort to deport undocumented workers?

    • Donald Blair Godier

      Not 1 mass deportation to date there Linda and sanctuary cities should have no federal funds, that’s the law, and even if there were “mass deportations”, they would be completely legal, if we, expats, break the law here in mexico I would be gone tomorrow and I am legal here, if I was illegal here I would have been gone yesterday.

  • Blair york

    Three different stories going on here!..the orange gringo in the WhiteHouse says one thing and the two gringos each say sing a different song!….Mexico shouldn’t believe anything those gringos say!…

    • TioDon

      Believe what the “orange gringo” says. He’s doing what the American people elected him to do….plus it’s the right thing to do.

      • gypsyken

        “The American people” did not elect Il Duce Trump to do anything. Only a minority of the voters voted for him, and they were primarily the under-educated and under-informed. What Il Duce is doing is “the right thing to do” only according to white-supremacist, white-nationalist ideology, which uninformed people have seized upon as the solution to their problems.

        Kenneth Crosby

        • TioDon

          “and they were primarily the under-educated and under-informed……white-supremacist, white-nationalist ideology, ”

          And, that, ladies and gentlemen is why we have the electoral college.

          Hey, Einstein, It’s called the ELECTORAL COLLEGE….look it up. And, by the way, you forgot to call us Nazis….you’re slipping…..

          Oh yeah; Hillary lost, TRUMP won….enjoy your day

          • gypsyken

            FYI, the electoral college was put in the Constitution to protect the interests of the owners of slaves who were outnumbered both by their slaves who could not vote and by voters in non-slave-owning states. Still, it’s good that you admit to being a Nazi. I, like most U.S. citizens, am very anti-Nazi, and the movement to get rid of Trump is growing. There is even hope that some of the uninformed who voted for him in the mistaken belief that he would improve their lot by blaming all their problems on foreigners will begin to see through him as he and his fellow billionaires continue to get richer, while their lot doesn’t get any better..

          • TioDon

            “FYI, the electoral college was put in the Constitution to protect the interests of the owners of slaves who were outnumbered both by their slaves who could not vote and by voters in non-slave-owning states.” Liar.

            The Constitutional Convention of 1787 considered several methods of electing the President, including selection by Congress, by the governors of the states, by the state legislatures, by a special group of Members of Congress chosen by lot, and by direct popular election. Late in the convention, the matter was referred to the Committee of Eleven on Postponed Matters, which devised the electoral college system in its original form. This plan, which met with widespread approval by the delegates, was incorporated into the final document with only minor changes. It sought to reconcile differing state and federal interests, provide a degree of popular participation in the election, give the less populous states some additional leverage in the process by providing “senatorial” electors, preserve the presidency as independent of Congress, and generally insulate the election process from political manipulation. (http://www.history.com/topics/electoral-college).

            God, you’re so boring and predictable. BTW: Hillary lost….TRUMP won. Enjoy your day.

  • richardgrabman

    I must admit I find ironic when I read in an English-language Mexican publication complaints that Mexican citizens somehow “deserve” to be deported from the US for having short-circuited some immigration requirement. Lucky for so many of the gringos here that Mexico doesn’t criminalize the standard practices used here… the phoney employer listed for an actividades lucrativa visa, fudging financial data to qualify for a non-working temporary residency permit, the “border jumping” game, or overstaying their FMM by days, weeks, months… in anticipation of nothing more than a fine or having to claim they “lost” the paperwork.

    Perhaps Mexico should start dumping all those retirees in the Baja at the San Isidrio crossing.

  • Pesobill

    Mexico is truly proving what they are and it is clearly they are no real friend of the USA. They endorse and support the idea of their citizens invading and working in the USA and now because we have a President who wants to enforce immigration laws ,they have a problem with that .
    So sick of listening to this third world turd butting into our politics and second guessing our policies . Yes Mexico , we lived in your third world toilet for 4 years and filed all the paperwork ,financials and the lot out of respect of your bureaucracy and laws . You have a strict immigration policy and somehow because of lack of education or just ignorance think we have no ‘right’ to enforce our laws to remove your citizens who have preyed on out people and country for even decades . Despicable in my opinion and the vast majority of thinking Americans can see through your bull*hit and see your country for the phony it is .
    More Americans are being riled up by this rhetoric from Mexico and boycotting Mexican made products and cancelling vacations . My advice Mexico , try for once to take the high road and ask you illegal invaders to come home and quit pandering to the Anti-American fringe idiots who think we have no right to have laws for a first world country . Don’t fall prey to your false sense of bravado and bring a spoon to a gunfight , you will lose to the USA ..

    • gypsyken

      The “vast majority of thinking Americans” did not put Il Duce Trump and his white-supremacist regime in office. On the contrary, he was principally supported, and continues to be supported, by uneducated and uninformed people who accept his blatant lies as facts: if Il Duce says that there was a terrorist attack in Sweden, then there must have been one that the media simply refused to report. There is no evidence whatsoever that “more Americans are . . . boycotting Mexican made products,” though some may be avoiding visits to Mexico because of the violence that Il Duce Trump may cause there. There is evidence that in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, fewer Mexicans are crossing the border to buy in the U.S., because merchants are complaining about it. U.S. citizens, however, continue to cross the border to buy products such as medications that are available at significantly cheaper prices there. As I wrote in a comment to another article in today’s issue, people will be demonstrating against Il Duce Trump’s policies at tomorrow’s Charros Day Parade in Brownsville, across the river from Matamoros, Mexico.

      Kenneth Crosby

    • Hailey Mannering

      I have a problem with the US using Mexico and Central America as the battleground for their “war on Drugs.” This war is said to cost Mexico between 13 to 20% of their economy, not to mention the deaths. Boohoohoo if USA gets “illegals” as a result of that and the subsidized corn they sell in Mexico.

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