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Mexican President Promises To Protect Immigrants Living In The US

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto posted a video message on Facebook after President Donald Trump signed an order for the border project.

Mexican President Promises To Protect Immigrants Living In The US
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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has vowed to protect Mexican immigrants currently in the U.S.

He said that after President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders on Wednesday; one calls for the start of the U.S.-Mexico border project.

Another order aims to punish sanctuary cities that protect undocumented immigrants.

Donald Trump speaks at a news conference.

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Trump's team reportedly told GOP lawmakers that they want to use a 2006 Bush-era law that would let Congress use tax dollars to fund the wall project.


Nieto has rejected Trump's plans for the border and said his government will offer legal advice to immigrants living in the states.

Details are sparse, but Nieto's plan will reportedly include making 50 Mexican consulates in the U.S. "advocates for the rights of migrants."

Nieto also took a moment to emphasize what he and two former presidents of Mexico have said for months: Mexico will not pay for the barrier.

Nieto was scheduled to meet with Trump early next week. But Trump tweeted Thursday morning, "If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting." Shortly after, Nieto canceled his trip.