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Mexico now offering its citizens in the US advice on immigration law following Trump’s crackdown

March 7, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexico now offering its citizens in the US advice on immigration law following Trump’s crackdown

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Mexico has established legal aid centers at its 50 consulates across the U.S. to protect its citizens’ human rights in the midst of Trump’s declared immigration crackdown.

Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray maintained that the move was not intended to promote illegal immigration but called on the U.S. to support Mexicans who want to gain legal status, The National Review Online reported.

The decision comes after Trump issued orders to begin tougher deportation procedures during his first month in office, following up on campaign promises to combat illegal immigration and build a wall with Mexico’s border.

Mexico’s foreign ministry has said the country will ‘strengthen dialogue’ with state and local authorities in the US to protect its citizens [Reuters]

“We are not promoting illegality,” Videgaray stated in a video at an event at New York’s Mexican consulate but added that these are means of respecting human rights.

He continued: “Today we are facing a situation that can paradoxically represent an opportunity when a government wants to apply the law more severely.

It is becoming evident that to apply the law, which is the obligation of any state, would imply a real economic damage to this country which highlights the need for immigration reform, a reform that resolves the legal status of the people.”

The Pew Research Center estimated there are close to 6 million illegal Mexicans living in the U.S, many of whom may now face costly battles against deportation.

The Mexican consulate centers will give advice to those who feel that their human rights are threatened.

Mexico has opened legal aid centers in its 50 USme consulates. Luis Videgaray left, said that they are to make sure its citizens’ human rights are protected

The move comes as the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico is at the lowest point its been in decades, with tension increased by the President’s anti-immigration rhetoric.

After his inauguration in January, he reaffirmed his vow to build a 2,000-mile wall at the border, and he has signed an executive order to execute the policy.

He maintains that Mexico will have to pay the cost of the wall, which will cost an estimated $20 billion – although the president debates that price, insisting that it will cost less.

After the news about the wall, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a visit to Washington on January 31st and announced extra funding to protect Mexican citizens’ rights in the U.S.

In late February, Videgaray exhibited “worry and irritation” about Trump’s policies to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security chief John Kelly when they visited Mexico.

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