Centuries of diplomacy and disputes between the US and Mexico

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Protesters take part in a No Ban, No Wall rally to support the rights of immigrants and oppose a border wall on the steps of the Texas Capitol, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The United States has had a long, and at times, complicated relationship with its southern neighbor, Mexico.

The relationship has taken a front seat following the campaign and the administration of now-President Donald Trump. Early in his presidential campaign, President Trump infamously stated “when Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

The relationship goes as far back as the early 1800s.

The recent words sound volatile, but what does the history of U.S.-Mexico relations look like? Click on our timeline below: