Just as a two-day meeting of Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and John Kelly Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), with Pena Nieto Mexican president and other officials begins, the two countries disagree as to the quality of their relationship.
|When White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked about the meeting and the state of relations between the two countries he said:|
“We have a very healthy and robust relationship with the Mexican government, and Mexican officials and I think they would echo that same sentiment. President Peña Nieto has echoed that at well. I think the relationship with Mexico is phenomenal right now, and I think there’s an unbelievable and robust dialogue between our two nations.”As in the quote, Spicer also thought that president Nieto would offer the same opinion. That seems highly unlikely.
"I want to say clearly and emphatically that the government of Mexico and the Mexican people do not have to accept provisions that one government unilaterally wants to impose on the other. We will not accept it, because there's no reason why we should, and because it is not in the interests of Mexico."Videgaray was responding to the issuance by the DHS of two memos which give immigration authorities considerable power and latitude to deport undocumented immigrants. Many more could be deported back to Mexico. The memos are discussed in a recent Digital Journal(DJ) article and the arrival of US officals is discussed in another DJ article. Tillerson and Kelly will have done a phenomenal job if they are even able to bring Mexican US relationships back to normal.