Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray called U.S. immigration policies 'unilateral' and will not hesitate in approaching the United Nations to defend immigrants. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Mexico will not accept new "unilateral" U.S. immigration proposals, and will not hesitate in approaching the United Nations to defend immigrants, the country's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Wednesday (February 22), ahead of a meeting with senior U.S. officials. "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. We will not accept it, because there's no reason why we should, and because it is not in the interests of Mexico," he told reporters at the foreign ministry. "Let there be no doubt. Mexico and the government of Mexico will not hesitate to go to multilateral organizations, starting with the United Nations to defend, in accordance with international law, human rights, freedoms and due processes in favor of Mexicans abroad," Videgaray added. Videgaray said the new U.S. proposals would be the main point of discussion for upcoming meetings, which will take place between Mexican officials, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Wednesday and Thursday. Senior envoys of President Donald Trump are likely to receive a chilly reception in Mexico on Wednesday. Trump's administration on Tuesday unveiled plans to consider almost all illegal immigrants subject to deportation, and will seek to send many of them to Mexico if they entered the United States from there, regardless of their nationality. The Department of Homeland Security guidance to immigration agents is part of a broader border security and immigration enforcement plan in executive orders that Republican Trump signed on Jan. 25.