Incoming ambassador to U.S. calls treatment of Mexico 'unacceptable'

"The treatment received by our country is unacceptable and clearly not favorable...Trump and his government deserve respect and they will get it in so far as its reciprocal"
Gerónimo Gutiérrez (L) - Photo: Berenice Fregoso / EL UNIVERSAL
21/02/2017
18:57
Mexico City
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Gerónimo Gutiérrez, Mexico's incoming ambassador to the United States on Tuesday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's treatment of its southern neighbor as "unacceptable" and called for a migration mechanism to avoid illegal crossings by Mexicans to the United States.

"The treatment received by our country is unacceptable and clearly not favorable," Gutiérrez said. "Trump and his government deserve respect and they will get it in so far as its reciprocal...the U.S. is not a single person.", he added.

Gerónimo Gutiérrez, who will be Mexico's third ambassador to the United States in less than a year, was speaking at a hearing in Mexico's Senate, where he provided detail of the work plan he expects to set forth as the Mexican ambassador to the U.S.

Firstly he aims to revise the Mexico-U.S. agenda to foster a comprehensive negotiation with the U.S. government. He noted that topics outside said agenda should not be considered, such as the Mexico-U.S. wall: “There is no legal foundation to cover the cost of the wall with money from the Mexican Public Treasury.”

Secondly he would promote Public Diplomacy and thirdly, he will seek to strengthen relationships with the Legislative branch. Fourthly, he would foster consular protection for the Mexican community based in the U.S. “Mexico will resort to all political and legal mechanisms available for the defense of all fellow nationals”, he noted.

He explained that “Mexico is not and should not be in favor of illegal immigration. It is not our country’s intent to violate foreign law”.

As a fifth aim, Gutiérrez noted the management of the border relations with the U.S. government.

The U.S. government released guidelines on Tuesday showing almost all undocumented migrants will be subject to deportation, but protections will be left in place for "dreamers" who entered the country illegally as children.

Gutiérrez, who is expected to be ratified by the Mexican Senate this week, held senior posts in the two previous administrations headed by the opposition center-right National Action Party (PAN).

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