Donald Trump’s new guidelines suggest that almost all illegal immigrants can be deported has been strongly criticized and rejected by Mexico.
Luis Videgaray, the foreign minister of Mexico has said that his country will not accept unilateral decisions imposed by any government, he also condemned the new rules which will send undocumented non-Mexicans to Mexico.
He said: “We are not going to accept that because we don’t have to and it is not in the interest of Mexico. We also have control of our borders and we will exercise it fully.”
According to the Immigration and Nationality Act United States can send undocumented immigrants to Mexico, changes have been made in this act however it is not clear whether Mexico can be forced to accept foreigners.
The Head of Homeland Security, John Kelly and US Secretary of State, Rex Trillion are scheduled to meet with Mexican president Pena Neto to discuss one of the most serious issues between the two countries in recent years.
John Kelly talked with reporters in Guatemala and said: “We will be looking primarily at criminal offenders first. But there will be no mass round-ups, and when we do take someone into custody, they’re then put into the American legal justice system, that’s the courts, and the courts will decide what’ll happen to them.”
The previous administration was only focusing on deporting immigrants who were convicted of serious crimes, but new changes have made it possible to deport any illegal immigrant with any sort of charges against them. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol can now deport people immediately according to the latest guidelines.
Changes have also been made to expedited deportations as previously it was applied to people who had been in United States for less then two weeks. Now it can also be applied to people who had been in United States for two years.
There are an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in United States and a large portion of them are from Mexico.