The Mexican government is reaching out to immigrants inside the U.S. in the wake of Donald Trump’s impending presidency. The communication is to be expected, but the nature of the language has some wondering about the extent to which Mexico is collaborating with so-called “sanctuary cities” in the U.S.
These cities, which have diverse internal rules regarding how they process illegal immigrant criminals and how they cooperate with federal immigration authorities, have come under sharp scrutiny over the last couple of years. One of the cities – San Francisco – was harshly criticized when an American woman named Kate Steinle was murdered by an illegal immigrant who had once been in the city’s custody.
However, few have focused on possible collaboration between these cities and the Mexican government. That may change now, after Mexican officials announced they would increase “collaboration at the state and local level” as it pertains to their citizens living in the U.S.
“Reinforce dialogue with local and state authorities, in the understanding that local policies determine, in good measure, the daily life of Mexicans in the U.S.,” reads part of an 11-step plan for Mexicans who are worried about deportation.
President-elect Trump has said his administration will prioritize illegal immigrants with a criminal history and may pursue the deportations of up to three million people immediately. He has seemingly softened his stance on the deportation of all illegal immigrants, though he has warned that no individuals without citizenship would be entirely safe from removal.
“Fellow countrymen, these are moments of uncertainty,” Mexico Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu said in a video to immigrants. “Stay calm, do not fall to provocations and do not let yourself be deceived.”
In their plan, the Mexican government advised illegal immigrants in the U.S. to avoid conflict and behaviors that would result in arrest.
Yeah, that would be a good start…
On this side of the border, mayors and officials from sanctuary cities are already vowing to oppose Trump’s efforts to get their compliance.
“I would say to the president-elect, that the idea that you’re going to penalize Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia – these are the economic, cultural, and intellectual energy of this country,” said Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Trump has said he would consider withholding federal funds from any city that does not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.