Deal with Mexico would make asylum seekers wait outside U.S. border

Chicago Tribune

The Trump administration has won the support of Mexico’s incoming government for a plan to remake U.S. border policy by requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims move through U.S. courts, according to Mexican officials and senior members of president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s transition team.

The agreement would break with long-standing asylum rules and place a formidable new barrier in the path of Central American migrants attempting to reach the United States and escape poverty and violence. By reaching the accord, the Trump administration has also overcome Mexico’s historic reticence to deepen cooperation with the United States on an issue widely seen here as America’s problem.  

The White House had no immediate comment.

According to outlines of the plan, known as Remain in Mexico, asylum applicants at the border will have to stay in Mexico while their cases are processed, potentially ending the system Trump decries as “catch and release” that has until now generally allowed those seeking refuge to wait on safer U.S. soil.

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4 thoughts on “Deal with Mexico would make asylum seekers wait outside U.S. border

  1. Notice how they changed the asylum rules overnight, but how they’re dragging their worthless asses with removing the 14th amendment, or even redefining it.

    Our guns will get it removed.

  2. ” Mexico’s incoming government denied a report Saturday that it plans to allow asylum-seekers to wait in the country while their claims move through U.S. immigration courts…”

    ” ‘There is no agreement of any sort between the incoming Mexican government and the U.S. government,’ future Interior Minister Olga Sanchez said in a statement.”

    “Hours earlier, The Washington Post quoted her as saying that the incoming administration of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had agreed to allow migrants to stay in Mexico as a “short-term solution” while the U.S. considered their applications for asylum. Lopez Obrador will take office on Dec. 1.”

    “The Washington Post reported Saturday that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has won support from the Mexican president-elect’s team for a plan dubbed ‘Remain in Mexico.’
    The newspaper also quoted Sanchez as saying: ‘For now, we have agreed to this policy of Remain in Mexico.’
    Sanchez did not explain in the statement why The Washington Post had quoted her as saying there had been agreement.”

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