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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, July 12, 2018. Pompeo finishes a trip to North Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi, and Brussels. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Mexico's president asks US to reunite families

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's office says he asked a U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to quickly reunite migrant families separated at the border.

A statement from the presidency says he called for "a permanent alternative that prioritizes the well-being and rights of minors."

It adds that the president expressed concern over a recent attack on a 92-year-old Mexican man legally residing in California. The man was reportedly beaten by a woman with a brick and told "go back to your country."

Pena Nieto said such incidents "encourage a climate of hate and racism that we must avoid."

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Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during a a joint statement with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Trump is calling his surprise visit to Mexico City Wednesday a 'great honor.' The Republican presidential nominee said after meeting with Peña Nieto that the pair had a substantive, direct and constructive exchange of ideas.(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
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He also emphasized his government's willingness to continue renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with a goal of reaching a deal "as quickly as possible."

The president met Friday at his official residence with the delegation, which also included President Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

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