US Republican candidate Donald Trump is to visit Mexico on Wednesday, hours before he details measures against illegal immigration in a speech, BBC reports. Mr Trump tweeted that he was looking forward to meeting President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has invited both him and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Mr Pena Nieto said dialogue would help “protect Mexicans wherever they are”. Mr Trump has condemned Mexican migrants during his campaign and vowed to build a wall between the two countries. He will visit Mexico in between a fundraising event in California and his immigration speech in Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday night.
The Republican has seen his poll ratings slip since the party conventions last month. Both nationally and in key states, he trails Mrs Clinton, who enjoys particularly strong support among minorities.
The Mexican president said he had invited both candidates for talks and would meet Trump in private on Wednesday. “I believe in dialogue to protect Mexican interests in the world and, principally, to protect Mexicans wherever they are,” he said.
Mrs Clinton’s campaign has not yet said if she will travel to Mexico. Mr Pena Nieto has previously accused Mr Trump of hurting US-Mexico relations and compared the Republican’s rhetoric to that of German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Mr Trump has threatened to stop cash sent home by Mexicans based in the US until the country pays for the wall. BBC Mexico Correspondent Katy Watson says the prospect has worried many Mexicans who rely on remittances from their families who live in the US.
Mr Trump blames Mexico for the disappearance of jobs from the US, with companies choosing to locate south of the border to take advantage of cheaper labour costs.
In June he expressed anger after a leading golf tournament was moved from one of his courses to Mexico, accusing the PGA Tour of putting “profit ahead of thousands of American jobs”.