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Mexico fights back: Officials vow to back log American courts with immigration cases to antagonize Trump’

February 15, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexico fights back: Officials vow to back log American courts with immigration cases to antagonize Trump’

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Mexican officials are pushing back against Trump’s stance on immigration and his antagonistic attitude toward their country.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Mexican authorities are increasing the “backlog in the immigration system” and are supporting undocumented migrants in the U.S.

Other proposed measures that they are considering include renegotiating agreements such as the one that currently forces Mexico to accept deportees from the U.S. without documentation that they are Mexican.

This comes as Donald Trump continues to demand that Mexico should pay for his border wall, to renegotiate NAFTA and his vow of aggressive deportations.

Mexican Senator Arturo Zamora told the Wall Street Journal:
We want to be friends, but in the face of hostility we don’t have to keep a friendly attitude forever.”

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto welcomes home 135 Mexican migrants deported from the United States as they arrived at Mexico City International Airport on February 7.

A group of officials, which include former Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda, hope to cause trouble for the already-backlogged U.S. immigration courts by encouraging immigrants to fight their cases in court.

The group calls itself Monarca, after the butterflies that travel across North America.

While emigrants might be detained during the court process, Castañeda said means such as government funds going to legal representation or paying bail could advance the process.

The Mexican government has reportedly devoted $50m to assist undocumented migrants in the U.S., while the Mexican Foreign Ministry responds to “the hardening of measures by immigration authorities in the U.S., as well as possible constitutional violations during raids or in due process.”

Mexican Prime Minister Enrique Peña Nieto has met with deportees at Mexican airports after canceling a trip to Washington to meet Trump in January.

Trump has said that Congress should fund his wall up-front, but that Mexico will pay back U.S. taxpayers, while Mexico maintains that they will not pay.

 

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