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Mexico’s foreign minister calls Trump’s immigration policy cruel, inhumane

Mexico City, Mexico — In an international campaign against the US policy of separating parents and minor children, Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray has called on the US government “To reconsider this cruel and inhumane policy.”

“We have generated formal communication with the Secretary General of the United Nations and the High Commissioner for Human Rights Council competent in matters such as migration and childhood,” he reported.

The foreign minister called on the US government “To reconsider this cruel and inhuman policy.” Videgary said that the Mexican government sent a diplomatic note to the United States, the second in two months after one was sent in May regarding Trump’s remark about migrants being “animals”.

The Mexican foreign minister affirmed that Mexico does not promote illegal migration and recognizes the sovereignty and rule of law in the United States. However, he insisted that the US government of Trump abandon the “zero tolerance” policy that he uses to justify the separation of families.

“We call on the international community, on international organizations, not to remain indifferent,” he said.

Videgaray explained that on Friday, a working meeting will be held in Mexico with officials from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to address the situation and highlight the Mexican solidarity with them and offer them the support of the Mexican consular network in the US.

He added that next week there will be a meeting of Mexican officials with promising or pro-human rights organizations in the United States to exchange information.

“We can not remain indifferent” in the face of a violation of human rights, said Videgaray, referring to the “cruel and inhuman” US policy of separating children from their families.

Videgaray said that US authorities have arrested 1,995 children of whom about 25 are Mexican according to US authorities and 21, according to the Mexican Consulates.

Most of the Mexican children have been repatriated and given to their relatives, he said.

He explained there are still seven in shelters including a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome and her brother of the same age in a shelter in McAllen, Texas. His mother was sent to a center in Brownsville. The girl’s father is a legal resident and has already been contacted.