>> Just one day after the White House unveiled sweeping plans to ramp up deportations of illegal immigrants, US Homeland Security Chief John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are set to meet with high ranking Mexican officials, including President Enrique Pena Nieto and they're not likely to receive a warm reception.
Reuters correspondent, Alexandra Alper, is in Mexico City.>> The stakes are high for the talks because if Donald Trump follows through on threats to deport millions of illegal Mexican immigrants living in the United States and build a wall on its Southern border, Mexico could stop collaborating with the United States on a host of key issues, including helping to detain Central American immigrants trying to reach the United States.
>> On the agenda, border security and immigration. On Wednesday, Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray was fuming over the new deportation guidelines.>> We will not accept it because there's no reason why we should. And because it is not in the interests of Mexico.>> This is among the first high level meetings since Pena Nieto canceled a January visit to Washington, as a dispute between the two leaders spilled over into social media.
When Trump suggested Mexico's President shouldn't bother attending if he refused to pay for the border wall which could cost $21.6 billion. Earlier Wednesday, Secretary Kelly also met with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and emphasized the immigration order would treat undocumented immigrants humanely. And return them to their countries of origin, and not just to the country where they arrived from, which in many cases, means Mexico.
>> My advice is to not take the risk with your own life or the life of your precious children to make this very, very dangerous journey.