Mexico wants to help its citizens stay in the United States. To that end, on Saturday, the Mexican government established legal aid centers in its 50 consulates across the United States.
According to Reuters, the Mexican government feels it must “defend its citizens amid worries of a crackdown on illegal immigration under U.S. President Donald Trump.”
Nearly 6 million undocumented Mexicans currently live in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center.
“We are not promoting illegality,” Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray was recorded saying in a video that was taken of an event at the Mexican consulate in New York. He explained that Mexico does support following U.S. law, “but that means respecting human rights.”
Videgaray also called for the U.S. government to allow a path to legality for illegal aliens. “It is becoming more than evident that to apply the law, which is the obligation of any state, would also imply a real economic damage to this country which highlights the need for immigration reform, an immigration reform that resolves once and for all the legal status of the people.”
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In the past, the Mexican government published a comic book which showed how to sneak into the U.S.; now, it has created an infographic video, which helps illegal Mexicans prepare for possible Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detentions, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
“Recommendations in Case of Immigration Detention” is the title of the video which lists seven steps Mexicans should take when faced with ICE officials at the front door. It also provides a Center for Information and Assistance to Mexicans (CIAM) hotline.
A few weeks after President Trump signed executive orders in January which ramped up border security and enforcement of immigration laws, Videgaray reportedly expressed “worry and irritation” regarding the president’s new policies to U.S. Sec. of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security chief John Kelly, when they visited Mexico at the end of February for talks on immigration and security.
“We are facing a situation that can paradoxically represent an opportunity when suddenly a government wants to apply the law more severely,” said Videgaray.
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