Mexico's lead negotiator with the Trump administration lambasted the White House's revised deportation policy just as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly were due to arrive in the country to discuss immigration and security issues, Reuters reported.
Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said there was no way Mexico would accept the new rules, which, among other things, seeks to deport non-Mexicans to the country.
"I want to say clearly and emphatically that the government of Mexico and the Mexican people do not have to accept provisions that one government unilaterally wants to impose on the other," he told reporters at the Foreign Ministry.
He added that the issue would dominate the talks scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.
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If implemented, Mexico will insist that the US proves the nationality of any person it wants to send across the border. The Latin American country, according to Videgaray, won't hesitate to take the issue to the United Nations to defend Mexicans' rights and freedoms under international law.
"We also have control of our borders and we will exercise it fully," Videgaray said.
In Wednesday's White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer described US-Mexican relations as healthy and robust. In anticipation of Tillerson's and Kelly's visit, he said he expected a "great discussion" between the two nations.
"I think the relationship with Mexico is phenomenal right now," Spicer told reporters.
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