Mexican ambassador on caravan: We do not promote illegal immigration

Mexican ambassador on caravan: We do not promote illegal immigration
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Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Gerónimo Gutiérrez said Monday his nation does not condone or promote illegal immigration amid sharp criticism from the Trump administration over caravans of migrants approaching the southern American border.

"Since this started, Brian, the Mexican government made very clear three things," Gutiérrez told Fox News's Brian Kilmeade on his radio program when asked if Mexico bore some responsibility for the caravan of 7,000 people. "First, that anybody that wanted to enter Mexico should do so in compliance with Mexican immigration law."

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"Second, that if somebody really had a humanitarian situation and requested refugee status, they could do so with the appropriate authorities in Mexico," Gutiérrez said. "And third, that if it's none of those cases and somebody decided to enter irregularly, they can be obviously subject to repatriation."

"That policy has not changed," he said, adding that Mexico is currently trying to enforce the border laws for those who have crossed illegally, but without any cases of violence.

"Mexican government does not condone or promote illegal immigration."

Gutiérrez called the situation a humanitarian crisis and emphasized that Mexico is working very closely with the United States on the issue. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time MORE took aim at Mexico's efforts earlier Monday over Twitter.

Trump also went after Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador with a much harsher tone over the caravan, which is moving north toward the U.S. border from those countries.

The White House did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.