>> With US Mexico relations at their lowest point in years, secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and homeland security chief, John Kelly, striking a collegial tone at high level meetings in Mexico City, Thursday.>> Mexico for all of my life has been a very close neighbor and I have a great affection for the Mexican people.
>> But it was hardly enough to calm fears over President Donald Trump's plan to ramp up deportations of illegal immigrants. Earlier in the day, Trump called the new crackdown->> It's a military operation.>> But secretary Kelly directly contradicted the president's comments, as he try to ease tensions.
>> No, repeat no use of military force in immigration operations. None. There will be no, repeat, no mass deportations.>> Despite the assurances, a stern Mexican Foreign Minister spoke frankly next to his American counterparts.>> There exists among Mexicans worry and irritation about what are perceived to be policies that could be harmful for the national interests and for Mexicans here and abroad.
>> The main issue for Mexico, where will these immigrants be deported to? To their home countries? Or to the country they came from? Reuters Correspondent Michael O'Boyle Scott is in Mexico City.>> We have to keep in mind, Mexico is still very incensed here. Especially by the latest plan by Trump to actually dump non-Mexicans back into Mexico.
There's a lot at stake in these talks. You have to remember that Mexico has been cooperating with the United States in recent years to fight illegal immigration by Central Americans. Last year, Mexico stopped and deported more than 140,000 Central Americans that have come across its southern border, trying to get to the United States.
Now there are lawmakers from the opposition and other Mexican officials who have suggested that Mexico should fight back and not cooperate if the U.S. continues to bully Mexico.>> Both sides, on Thursday, refrained from directly referencing Trump's contentious $21.6 billion border wall and who will pay for it.