Mexican president 'indignant' at U.S. deportations

MEXICO CITY Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:34pm EST

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto gives a speech during a news conference, next to U.S. President Barack Obama and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (both not pictured), at the North American Leaders' Summit in Toluca near Mexico City, February 19, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto gives a speech during a news conference, next to U.S. President Barack Obama and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (both not pictured), at the North American Leaders' Summit in Toluca near Mexico City, February 19, 2014 file photo.

Credit: Reuters/Henry Romero

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he is "indignant" at the United States' deportation of Mexican migrants and described U.S. lawmakers as demonstrating a "lack of conscience" in failing to pass immigration reform.

In a television interview aired late on Wednesday Pena Nieto said he and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed the issue during their meeting at a North American leaders' summit held last week in Mexico.

His emboldened comments to U.S. Spanish language channel Univision followed days after his administration announced it had captured Mexico's most wanted man, drug lord Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman.

Pena Nieto has said any extradition of Guzman to the United States is likely to take time, underscoring the fact the drug lord still has outstanding time to serve in Mexico after a daring 2001 jail break, reportedly in a laundry cart.

"Yes it makes me indignant, and it makes Mexicans indignant," Pena Nieto said in the interview, when asked whether deportations angered him.

"There's a lack of conscience, something which shouldn't only alert and worry Mexicans, it should also worry the American government and they should take up the issue," said Pena Nieto.

Pena Nieto added that he sees a willingness on the part of the Obama administration to change immigration laws, and that reform which provides a path to citizenship should "have the backing and aid of the various political forces" in the United States.

A bill that would have provided ways for the approximately 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally to obtain citizenship recently stalled in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives.

Many opponents of comprehensive immigration reform in the United States argue that Obama's position would reward lawbreakers and deportations are warranted since the immigrants entered the country illegally.

Under Obama, deportations have hit record highs.

Mexican government officials last week criticized the U.S. Border Patrol for the use of deadly force in a confrontation in which a Mexican migrant was killed.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot the man near San Diego after being pelted with rocks while trying to apprehend a group of suspected illegal border crossers.

(This story was corrected to fix in third sentence to show Univision is U.S. Spanish language channel, not a Mexican channel)

(Editing by Simon Gardner and Andrew Hay)

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Comments (17)
D.G.Williams wrote:
The Mexican President should be more concerned about his own own citizens fleeing the country and why. He should also deal the cartels, corrupt law enforcement in Mexico, and rising crime.

Feb 27, 2014 8:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mirot144 wrote:
First I am NOT an Obama fan.
Second I do think some sort of immigration reform should be adopted.
That said my message to President Pena Nieto about this issue is this.

I, as a tax paying US citizen am “indignant”. I have no problem with people of any ethnicity coming to the United States to make a better life for themselves. 3 of my 4 grandparents did just that. My Maternal Grandmother EMIGRATED from Newfoundland via Scotland. On my fathers side my grandmother’s Jewish parents EMIGRATED from what is modern day Poland, to avoid persecution and antisemitism. They had to live in England and WAIT THEIR TURN before they were GRANTED the right to Emigrate to the U.S. Similarly my Jewish grandfather’s family had to escape Eastern Europe in the old Austrian-Hungry Empire and again HAD TO WAIT THEIR TURN to come to the United States. And when they got here they didn’t keep to themselves, they assimilated into the melting pot. Oh and one last thing. THEY PAID THEIR OWN WAY!

Like I said I believe everyone should be given a fair road to come to the United States. Even with all our troubles there are no shortages of immigrants from all over the world.
President Nieto feels that “There’s a lack of conscience, something which shouldn’t only alert and worry Mexicans, it should also worry the American government and they should take up the issue,”
That “lack of conscience” is real. Our politicians have no conscience or morals toward your people or their own. They are beholden to special interest & their own political survival. That said However in the case of President Obama & Both Houses of Representatives “have the backing and aid of the various political forces”, He does have the backing. He might not want it but the truth is on this one issue our Democratic Process is working. The majority of Americans DO NOT WANT a “pathway to citizenship.” There is already one in place. My family had to wait its turn while being persecuted, why should someone who came hear illegally get a free pass. Why should American tax payers shoulder their burden? No one gave my Family anything. They worked, went to school, opened successful businesses. If they got sick THEY paid the Doctor.
I am sure if President Nieto said Mexico will Significantly subsidize & Finance these Illegal immigrants, there would be a lot more support for that “Pathway”.
In the mean time the Obama Administration must continue to enforce the laws currently on the books. I give him credit his predecessor didn’t have the strength to do it.
There are no easy solutions.

Feb 27, 2014 8:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
razspewtin wrote:
Any nation that can’t protect it’s own borders, deserves whatever it gets.

Feb 27, 2014 8:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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