SAN DIEGO – President-elect Donald Trump has made bold statements about protecting and changing the border between Mexico and the United States.
In the wake of the presidential election, Marcela Celorio, Mexico’s consul general in San Diego, says Mexico is respectful of President-elect Trump and she is hopeful for communication and dialog.
“We want to approach the transition team and talk with them and negotiate,” Celorio told FOX 5 on Tuesday.
In an interview over the weekend, Trump pledged to focus first on deporting undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes in the United States.
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers,” he said. “We have a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million. We are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate.”
Celorio said Mexico is prepared for anything that could happen.
"We are prepared -- our consular network in the United States -- to protect the Mexicans and their human rights. And also, in Mexico, we are prepared to take them back."
Mexico works on plan to deal with Trump's possible deportations
The Mexican government is working on a plan to deal with possible mass deportations, a presidential spokesman says.
In a news conference Monday, Eduardo Sanchez, spokesman for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, told reporters deportations would be part of any agenda discussed by Peña Nieto and Trump.
"We will have to see how many of those deportations, usually done by the United States government to the countries where the illegal immigrants are from, are for Mexico," he said.
"Of course this and other matters will be part of the agenda that Mexico brings to the table during the bilateral meetings that will take place with the government-elect of President(-elect) Donald Trump."
Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz is coordinating the efforts, he added, and plans to have a series of measures ready should the deportations begin.