No rise yet in deportation of Mexicans from USA - foreign minister

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Anti-Trump protesters in Mexico are holding marches today (12 February) across 20 cities in defiance over the United States president's latest immigration and tax policies targeting the nation.

Thousands of protesters in more than a dozen Mexican cities took to the streets on Sunday to express their fierce opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump, portraying the new leader as a menace to both America and Mexico.

The march comes amid protests in the United States against Trump and the administration's deportations of undocumented immigrants as well as his executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the country.

He said Mexican consulates in the United States have received at least three times as many daily phone calls from anxious citizens there as before news of possible ramped-up deportations under Trump.

Mexican have called for unity in facing the challenge, but the march featured nearly as many banners criticizing President Enrique Pena Nieto as Trump.

The Mexican government has rebuffed Trump's insistence that Mexico would pay for the wall.

Please Wait while comments are loading. One banner read "Gracias, Trump, for unifying Mexico!"

Mexico sends 80 per cent of its exports to the United States - almost $300 billion in goods in 2015.

Kellyanne Conway, top adviser to President Donald Trump stated that Trump expects Mexico to pay for the wall.

What? First we borrow money to build the wall and then we tax ourselves in the name of paying for the wall.

Some stayed away from the demonstrations, viewing them as too supportive of Peña Nieto, who is suffering from near record-low approval ratings amid concerns about corruption, violence and rising prices. They made a wall with paper blocks and demolished it as a symbolic message about Trump's border wall. The Mexican peso has been steadily declining in value against the USA dollar since Trump began rising in United States electoral polls late past year.

Many people within the crowd held up signs saying "Respect Mexico" and "we are all Mexico" at the rally, the LA Times reported.

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