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Donald Trump to "design or negotiate" cheaper option for Mexico border wall

YURI CORTEZ

Three weeks into his administration, Trump has vowed to move ahead with construction of a wall on the border, repeatedly insisting that Mexico would pay for it, while also signalling a new push to deport millions of unauthorised immigrants out of the United States.

More than 20,000 people in Mexico City participated in marches this weekend in protest of Trump's border wall.

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

However, Mexicans in the United States have been flooding the Mexican Consulate in the US with calls as most immigrant's fears deportation under the new administration.

Tens of thousands of Mexicans took to the streets on Sunday in order to protest against US President Donald Trump.

Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, shakes hands with Trump, then a presidential nominee, in Mexico City in August 2016.

The proposal has been a flashpoint of criticism here. Nieto has refused to pay for the wall, saying, "Mexico does not believe in walls".

"Undocumented Mexican immigrants are not criminals or rapists", another sign read.

"I came here on my birthday because Trump is trying to divide people, and I'm against that", said Arleen Ledezma, 31, a Mexican American hairdresser from Tucson who carried a sign declaring in Spanish: "My nationality is the United States but my roots are Mexican". "Just ask any American employer and you'll see". Big March there today to #resist Trump.

Neoliberal governments in Mexico have for decades praised the maquiladora export industry as a symbol of progress and development.

Nevertheless, Mexican consulates in the US have been swamped with calls from anxious Mexicans concerned they may get deported under Trump.