Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s office says he asked a U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to quickly reunite migrant families separated at the border.
A statement from the presidency says he called for “a permanent alternative that prioritizes the well-being and rights of minors.”
It adds that the president expressed concern over a recent attack on a 92-year-old Mexican man legally residing in California. The man was reportedly beaten by a woman with a brick and told “go back to your country.”
Pena Nieto said such incidents “encourage a climate of hate and racism that we must avoid.”
He also emphasized his government’s willingness to continue renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with a goal of reaching a deal “as quickly as possible.”
The president met Friday at his official residence with the delegation, which also included President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.