Tillerson crosses the border to rebuild ties with Mexico

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"We will not accept it, because there's no reason why we should, and because it is not in the interests of Mexico". President Donald Trump made immigration and border control a key part of his campaign. But the Trump administration's effort to step up deportations have already prompted an aggressive campaign by some Mexican officials, governors and public figures to fight the policy by jamming up USA immigration courts. However, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Wednesday that new American immigration policies will be "the main point in the agenda", according to Reuters. "I think the relationship with Mexico is phenomenal right now", he said. It had been reported in January that Tillerson was looking in Kalorama, which also counts among its newest residents former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama and Ivanka Trump and her husband, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner. Before heading to Mexico he went to Guatemala to meet with President Jimmy Morales and observed the arrival of a DHS repatriation flight at a government facility in Guatemala City.

Aside from President Nieto, the two are also scheduled to meet the Mexican ministers of interior, foreign relations, finance, national defense and the navy. Mexico remained unwilling. A meeting between the two presidents hasn't been rescheduled.

The relationship between Mexico and the United States is also being challenged by Mr Trump's threat to revise Nafta, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and tax imports to the USA, many of which come from Mexico. Mexican officials have vehemently rejected that idea as well.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson exits his limousine prior to his departure for Mexico from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on February 22, 2017.

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Kelly's comments come the day after the United States issued new guidelines that included a plan to deport undocumented immigrants to the country they arrived from, which in many cases means Mexico. It allows federal immigration agents the ability to deport people more quickly, implements a deport-first, ask questions later policy, and vastly increases resources to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

His unit is meant to help migrants, but his gear underscored the close relationship - and direct assistance - that Mexican security forces have with their counterparts in the United States, a relationship that's matured in recent years to reach unprecedented cooperation combating drugs, transnational crime and migration.

All these actions are prompting consternation in Mexico. Mexicans staged massive anti-US protests Sunday, forming human chains along the border where Trump would like to build a wall.

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