BY DEAN DANIELS/ FEBRUARY 22, 2017
Ambassador Geronimo Gutierrez, the newly appointed Mexican ambassador to the United States, reportedly has qualms about the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) memos on immigration and how they will affect Mexican citizens in the United States.
In a report from Reforma, DHS Secretary John Kelly on Tuesday unveiled two immigration enforcement-based memos to be employed under President Trump. The memos reveal the enhanced power now given to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in its targeting of illegal aliens.
The memo also states citizens of other countries arrested crossing the southwest U.S. border will be returned to Mexico or their respective countries while their cases are being processed.
On Thursday, Sec. Kelly and Sec. of State Rex Tillerson will visit Mexico City to potentially discuss the immigration crisis.
Ambassador Gutierrez wrote the following on the matter:
“It’s good that [the memos] were revealed today because the Secretary of Homeland Security will arrive with the Secretary of State Thursday and it is simply a much more direct and honorable position to let these positions be known beforehand.”
Mexico is reportedly alarmed about the Trump administration’s latest plan to return illegal aliens back to Mexico.
Previously, only Mexican citizens were returned to Mexico. Other illegal aliens who had crossed the Mexican border were flown directly back to their home country.
A priest who runs the Casa del Migrante shelter in Tijuana, Rev. Patrick Murphy said Mexico isn’t prepared to handle thousands in refugee camps at the border. “Not in any way, shape or form,” he stated.
Mexico has allowed thousands of migrants to travel through its country in order to cross into the United States illegally, but they don’t want them back.
Alejandro Hope, a security analyst in Mexico City, referred to the recent wave of Haitians who flooded the border.
“Just look at the case of the Haitians in Tijuana. What were they, seven or eight thousand? And the situation was just out of control. Now, imagine a situation 10 or 15 times that size. There aren’t enough resources to maintain them.”
A report in October revealed that 80 percent of illegal aliens coming across the Mexican border are from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.