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Newsline: Mexico instructs its embassy and consulates in the U.S. to increase measures to protect immigrants

One week after Donald Trump’s election as the next U.S. president, Mexico has issued a message of support for Mexican immigrants living in the United States: “We are with you.” On Wednesday, the Mexican government instructed its embassy and consulates in the U.S. to step up measures to protect Mexican immigrants. The measures include a 24-hour hotline that will allow people to report harassment and immigration raids, as well as the expansion of deportation-defense work at 50 consulates. “These are uncertain times,” said Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu in an online video introducing the new measures. “The government of President Enrique Peña Nieto and all Mexicans are with you. We are going to be closer than ever.” Ruiz urged those living in the U.S. to contact Mexican consulates to find out whether they might be targeted for deportation after Trump takes office next year. Trump’s vows of mass deportations have caused deep anxiety among those living in the U.S. illegally, about 5 million to 6 million of whom were born in Mexico. His repeated criticism of Mexico has also put millions of legal Mexican immigrants on edge.



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