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Photo op by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto with recently Deported Migrants fails

February 12, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Photo op by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto with recently Deported Migrants fails

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An attempt to capitalize on the return of 135 deported Mexicans, by having Enrique Pena Nieto, the president of Mexico welcome them, failed when some of the migrants said the government abandoned them and vowed they go back to the U.S. as soon as they can.

The event occurred at Mexico City’s airport when President Enrique Peña Nieto greeted a group of 135 Mexican citizens who had just been deported from the U.S. earlier this week

“You are not alone, do not feel abandoned” Enrique Peña Nieto tried to reassure them. “The doors to this, your house, will always be open.”

During his address, Peña Nieto referred to Mexico as the land of new opportunities as he talked about various programs, investments, and support that the recently-deported individuals would be receiving, Mexico News Daily reported.

Recently deported migrant Pedro Vázquez: ‘I’m going back.’ (EL UNIVERSAL)

“Today there has been the creation of jobs not seen before, and productive investment,” the president stated.

The words were spoken at a time when the peso has been consistently losing its value against the U.S. dollar, and the price of gas continues to climb. During the event, officials told the migrants about government credits of $25,000 pesos or approximately $1,200, USD so they could open up their own businesses.

“The Mexican consulates in the U.S. do not do anything for us, they are sending airplanes and sending a lot of people,” one of the deported immigrants said. “I don’t think it’s fair. No one is there to help on that side nor on this side, we have to do something for our people.”

Pedro Vasquez, another Mexican immigrant who was interviewed by reporters at the airport, said he plans on traveling back to the U.S. within 15 days and that a wall would not stop him. The 38-year-old from the Mexican State of Hidalgo was living in Georgia making roughly $4,800 a month before he was arrested for driving without a license.

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