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vie 21 abr 2017, 4:11am 4 de 4

Mexico: Recent deportations 'a violation'



Mexican authorities on Thursday accused U.S. officials of violating their own rules in the cases of a so-called "Dreamer" and a mother of four who were recently deported to Mexico.

"In the frame of respect to U.S. law, the Chancellery highlights that the cases of Mrs. [Maribel] Trujillo and Mr. [Juan Manuel] Montes Bojorquez represent a violation to the express rules of deportation in that country," read a statement released by the Secretariat of Foreign Relations, also known as the Chancellery.

"Neither of the compatriots represented a risk to the security of North American society and neither of them has a criminal background," the statement continued. Mexican authorities on Thursday accused U.S. officials of violating their own rules in the cases of a so-called "Dreamer" and a mother of four who were recently deported to Mexico.

Montes gained notice as the first recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to be deported. Montes was arrested near the Mexican border by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in February and deported to Mexico despite his claim of protected status.

DACA recipients, or Dreamers, are protected from deportation unless they commit a crime or leave the country without prior authorization from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

CBP claims Montes had left the country without authorization before being arrested, a charge his lawyers deny.

Montes's case has received attention from both sides of the political aisle, with Democrats and some Republicans such as Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) expressing concern over the deportation of a Dreamer.

Mexican authorities pledged to continue consular and legal support for its citizens in the United States, and to strengthen dialogue with their U.S. counterparts "with the end of enforcing the Rule of Law."

Mexico's consular network in the United States is the world's biggest, with 50 consulates scattered around the country.

The network was bolstered with a 1 billion peso (about $50 million) allocation this year, as President Enrique Peña Nieto expanded the consulates' migrant protection powers.

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