Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Carlos M. Sada said in an interview with PJ Media, that Mexico would, in fact, take back Mexicans who are deported from the U.S., but will not be taking any other deportees.
Sada did also stand by the statement that Mexico will not reimburse the US for a wall.
PJM asked the ambassador if the Mexican government would accept all deportations of migrants who have committed crimes while living illegally in the country.
“As long as they are Mexicans, yes. As long as they are not Mexicans, no,” the ambassador said after his meetings at the National Governors Association winter meeting.
“The private sector of both countries and also the politicians and the officials are already starting to figure out how these negotiations are going to be in the sense that it has to be a win-win situation, and if you are Canada it has to be win-win situation,” Sada added. Sada also pointed out the the U.S. and Mexico are not competing with each other – but must find a way to compromise.
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“We are competing against other blocs, other markets, and in order to be as efficient as possible we need to have that conceptual think of how to do it,” he said.
The Trump administration is planning to hire 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and 5,000 Border Patrol agents.
Sada was asked if Mexico has similar security on their side of the border to address threats and collaborate with U.S. authorities.
“We have a group that is called [Grupos] Beta – it is for helping humanitarian causes,” the ambassador said, referring to the program within the Mexican government’s National Institute of Migration that does search-and-rescue for people trying to cross the desert near the U.S. border, provides water stations and will transport them back to their homes in Mexico. “So what we do is to try to make that people is having a good human rights and there is no violation of civil rights or human rights, so that is what they are focusing on. But also, while you are have your own system for accepting or not people from all over the world, but the cooperation in Mexico is fundamental.”
“Now immigration from Mexico is dropping, and dropping year by year, and you take this statistic of immigration of last year and previous years – it is just one-fourth of the 100 percent that come to the United States coming from Mexico, so we are working together in order to find a solution of immigrants coming from Central America, for instance, from the third countries,” he added.
Sada said drug trafficking is “a common threat” and a “common enemy” of the U.S. and Mexican governments.
“There is drug trafficking to the United States and, of course, weapons going south to Mexico and bulk cash going to Mexico,” he said. “These are the issues that we keep discussing because it’s a collaboration that has been there for long, for so many generations, and we need to enhance it, we need to improve it. We need to strengthen these relationships between Mexico and the U.S.”
The ambassador confirmed that Peña Nieto is not going to meet with Trump soon, but he foresees the two leaders meeting in the future.
“Not this time, no – well, actually, when time is there I’m sure that the two presidents are going to meet. In the meantime, we are very glad that the secretary of State, Mr. Tillerson, and Mr. Kelly [secretary of Homeland Security], they went to Mexico as the first visit of two secretaries to another country,” he said.
“Well, Mr. Kelly went to Guatemala just a couple of hours before going to Mexico, but it’s a very positive message and what we are building and sending as a message is that Mexico is a friend, Mexico is a neighbor and that Mexico is a very good and reliable partner.”