- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Latest on the National Immigration Integration Conference (all times local):

1:30 p.m. (CST)

The Mexican ambassador to the United States says the two countries have always been stronger, safer and more successful when they work together - despite facing challenges and change.

Ambassador Carlos Sada made the comments to a room of immigrant rights leaders Monday afternoon.

During his address to the National Immigration Integration Conference, Sada did not mention President-elect Donald Trump, who has promised to build a wall on the Mexican border.

Sada said the world is changing and facing unprecedented challenges, but those also bring opportunities to promote solidarity.

The conference was planned before Trump’s victory. Leaders have changed the agenda since.

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11:15 a.m. (CST)

More than 1,000 immigrants and refugee rights leaders are convening in Nashville as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office.

The National Immigration Integration Conference says it’s the largest assembly of its kind since Trump’s election.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry was one of 18 big city mayors who signed a letter to Trump urging him to maintain President Obama’s protections from deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said whenever the country has created policies on fear of newcomers, it’s made terrible mistakes.

Singer Emmylou Harris said it will take hard work to break the negativity of the election.

Carlos Sada, ambassador of Mexico to the United States, will speak Monday afternoon.


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