President Trump sends two Cabinet members south of the border

President Trump sends two Cabinet members south of the border

Only hours before a two-day visit to Mexico by the US secretary of state and head of the Homeland Security, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Wednesday that Mexico "will not accept" the unilateral imposition of USA immigration proposals, according to media reports.

Trump has also reportedly threatened to send in USA troops to take care of "bad hombres down there" if President Enrique Pena Nieto does not, although the White House contends that part of the phone call between the two leaders was light-hearted.

"Perhaps most critically, the President is empowering DHS to carry out the immigration laws now on the books", said Spicer. "It's symbolic of the meaningful relationship our two nations have".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said he expected a "great discussion" with the Mexicans, describing ties with the country as "phenomenal".

The trip comes at what is seen as a low point in relations between the two countries, which have enjoyed peace along their 3,100 kilometer-long common border since the Mexican-American War of the late 1840s.

On Wednesday, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said his country will not accept new "unilateral" USA immigration proposals and will not hesitate in taking the matter to the United Nations. Earlier this month, some 20,000 people marched through Mexico's capital demanding respect from the U.S. While Pena Nieto has struggled with plummeting approval ratings, his opposition to Trump has rallied many Mexicans around him.

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.

USA officials said Secretary of State Tillerson, who is a former an oil and gas corporation chief executive, and Kelly will discuss border security, law enforcement cooperation and trade, among other issues.

"The San Diego Police Department does not check the immigration status of victims and witnesses of crimes to encourage all people to come forward, confident in the knowledge their report will be investigated thoroughly and professionally", Zimmerman said.

What might happen in practice, says Sarah Pierce, an immigration expert at the Migration Policy Institute, is that the new rule won't be applied to large numbers of people.

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The memo also calls for immediately hiring 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents, asks Homeland Security to identify all sources of federal aid to Mexico over the last five years and calls for the agency to identify and allocate all sources of available funding for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of a border wall. "We are not going to accept that, because we don't have to". "It's symbolic of the meaningful relationship that our two nations have", Spicer told reporters on Wednesday. It's still unclear what the sweeping measures mean for state-based immigration efforts in Texas. "Both presidents are keen to set a positive tone, a constructive tone moving forward", the official added.

The White House is now in the process of rewriting President Trump's executive order on immigration which prohibits travel to the USA from seven countries known to have connections to terrorism.

Border enforcement and the expulsion of unauthorized immigrants who are deemed law-breakers will be part of his CPAC speech.

Such actions are prompting calls from prominent Mexicans for pushback.

Up until last week, Trump also to tackle criminals as a priority.

It is not clear whether the United States has the authority to require Mexico to accept, for instance, Honduran or Guatemalan citizens just because those people traversed Mexico to enter the United States. "We will fight for the people who call our communities home, and stay committed to leading with the humanity and openness that define us as a people".

Beyond the wall, Tillerson is likely to face questions about Trump's pledge to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

President Trump wants to make changes to NAFTA, which went into force 23 years ago. "We're gonna deal with DACA with heart".

Any attempt to introduce quotas or tariffs to NAFTA would be disastrous for the treaty, said Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo on Tuesday, speaking at a conference in Toronto about the future of North America.

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