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Official: Mexico rejected US plan on 3rd-country deportees

  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with police officers and security personnel as he boards a plane to depart at Benito Juarez international Airport in Mexico City, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Pool Image via AP

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with police officers and security personnel as he boards a plane to depart at Benito Juarez international Airport in Mexico City, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Pool Image via AP  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boards a plane to depart at Benito Juarez international Airport in Mexico City, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Pool Image via AP)

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boards a plane to depart at Benito Juarez international Airport in Mexico City, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Pool Image via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 photo, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, shakes hands with Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Mexico City. Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a Thursday meeting between Tillerson, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    In this Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 photo, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, shakes hands with Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Mexico City. Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a Thursday meeting between Tillerson, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)  (The Associated Press)

The Mexican interior secretary says his government made clear to visiting U.S. emissaries that Mexico will not accept deportees from third countries under any circumstances.

Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said in a Friday interview with Radio Formula that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly asked Mexican officials during their Thursday visit if they would host deportees from other countries while their immigration cases are processed in the U.S.

Osorio Chong says the Mexican government replied it would not.

The interior secretary also said that if the U.S. government tries to pressure Mexico by threatening to withdraw funding from the nearly $2.5 billion Merida Initiative to fight organized crime, Mexico will let that money go.