Mexico Denies Deal with U.S. to Keep Asylum Seekers South of Border

Mexico Denies Deal with U.S. to Keep Asylum Seekers South of Border

Mexico Denies Deal with U.S. to Keep Asylum Seekers South of Border

The plan, to be known as "Remain in Mexico", would require asylum applicants at the border to stay in Mexico while their cases are processed, potentially ending a system Trump calls "catch and release" that has until now generally allowed those seeking refuge to wait on safer US soil, according to the Post.

The plan, according to the newspaper, foresees migrants staying in Mexico while their asylum claims in the United States are being processed, potentially ending a system Trump decries as "catch and release" that has until now often allowed those seeking refuge to wait on safer U.S. soil.

Reports on Saturday said the Trump administration had struck a tentative deal with Mexico's incoming government to require all asylum-seekers from south of the border to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims go through court.

The report quoted incoming Interior Minister Olga Sánchez Cordero, whose office then denied Mexico had agreed refuees could stay on Mexican soil awaiitng processing by U.S. authorities, while not retracting her original statement.

"The next federal administration does not consider in its plans that Mexico assumes the status of "third safe country" for the attention of Central American migrants or citizens of other countries that are in Mexican territory, nor for those who have that intention in the future", Cordero added.

He's calling on Mexico to stop caravans of Central American migrants from trying to reach the US border.

Trump said on Twitter.

There is no agreement of any sort between the incoming Mexican government and the US government.

Trump has been seeking to block thousands of Central Americans traveling in caravans from entering the United States, and has ordered that immigrants who enter the country illegally from Mexico are ineligible for asylum. "All will stay in Mexico".


"Mexico has open arms and everything", she told the newspaper, "but imagine, one caravan after another after another, that would also be a problem for us".

More than 6,000 caravan members, mostly Hondurans, have arrived this month in the Mexican border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, posing a humanitarian, logistical and political challenge for the two cities on the border.

"No "Releasing" into the USA ..."

USA officials have said for months that they were working with Mexico to find solutions for what they have called a border crisis.

USA officials have said for months that they were working with Mexico to find solutions for what they have called a border crisis.

The White House did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

But she said they could not make any agreement on the issue, since they are not yet in government.

Meanwhile, Trump took to Twitter again on Saturday to reiterate that he plans to do away with the United States catch-and-release system, which allows asylum seekers to work and study sometimes for years while their cases are pending.

Trump has sent nearly 6,000 soldiers to the Mexican border in support of Customs and Border Protection agents and National Guardsmen already there, to forestall what Trump has called an "invasion" by "very bad people".

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