Trump Administration Stumbles on Immigration Message Following First Trip to Mexico

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Trump Administration Stumbles on Immigration
Despite聽John Kelly’s comments about聽not using the army for聽deportation, Donald Trump stated otherwise. (WSJ)

Espa帽olUnited States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly held meetings with Mexican Government officials聽Thursday in Mexico City, during which they聽promised not to use the army to attack undocumented immigrants,聽or disrespect their other rights, but were then later contradicted by the President.

Donald Trump聽was giving a press conference at the White House during his聽staff’s meeting with聽24 manufacturing companies. He聽said the meeting in Mexico would be “difficult,” so聽it was necessary for聽his government to be聽“treated fairly” in Mexico.

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“I hope we have a good relationship with Mexico. If we don’t, we don’t,” Trump said.

Tillerson’s position at the headquarters of Mexico’s Foreign Ministry聽went聽differently however, as he spoke of the importance of strengthening existing institutional mechanisms and noted that the meeting was “the continuation of a productive and purposeful exchange that will bring along change for both nations.”

 

 

With regards to聽deportation, Secretary Kelly stated emphatically that there will be no mass deportations.

“I repeat, there will be no mass deportations,” he said. “The army will not be used in migratory operations.”

However, President Trump stated otherwise in the White House, ensuring that military operations would be used for the deportation of undocumented immigrants.

Hours later, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer did his best to clarify聽Trump’s statements, claiming that he had used “military” as an adjective to describe the orderly and professional manner in which his executive orders are being implemented.

Sources: El Economista, El Universal

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