Following President-elect Donald Trump’s win last week, Mexico, on Wednesday, sent a simple message across to the Mexican immigrants living in the U.S.: “We are with you.” The country issued orders to its embassies and consulates in the U.S. to step up its protection of immigrants following the real estate mogul’s win.
Trump vowed to deport the millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. and promised to build a wall along the U.S.- Mexico border – which he said Mexico will pay for in spite of President Enrique Peña Nieto refusing to do so – to prevent illegal immigration.
Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu in an online video introduced new measures, including a 24-hour hotline for people to report harassment and potential immigration raids. The ministry also reportedly said in a statement that it will increase the staff size in its embassies and consulates so immigrants could get their documents in order as soon as possible.
“These are uncertain times,” Massieu reportedly said. “The government of President Enrique Peña Nieto and all Mexicans are with you. We are going to be closer than ever.”
The statement, titled “We Are With You,” does not mention President-elect Trump or his victory directly but comes days after his interview with CBS in which he stated firmly that his administration would deport or jail nearly 3 million illegal immigrants. He also added that his proposed border wall will include fencing.
The ministry is also planning on introducing an app with information on migration issues and contact details for all Mexican consulates in the U.S. The consulates, the statement said, will make more of an effort to connect with its people and will “strengthen the dialogue with state and local authorities.”
During his campaign, Trump had accused Mexico of sending drug lords and rapists to the U.S. and threatened to cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The Mexican peso plunged to record lows after his win last week. “Stay calm,” Massieu urged Mexicans in the U.S.