Did the Washington Post jump the gun?
They reported today (SEE BELOW) that the Trump administration had won support from Mexico’s president-elect for asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims move through the US courts.
NOT SO FAST…
Mexico’s incoming government says it does not plan to assume the role of “safe third country” for migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. after Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is sworn in as president on Dec. 1.
Incoming Interior Minister Olga Sanchez says in a statement Saturday: “There is no agreement of any sort between the incoming Mexican government and the U.S. government.”
She said the future government’s principal concern related to the migrants is their well-being in Mexico.
EARLIER TODAY, WAPO REPORTED ON THE DEAL WITH MEXICO:
The Trump administration has reportedly made a deal with Mexico’s incoming government to require all asylum-seekers coming from the south of the border to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims goes through court.
The Washington Post, citing Mexican officials and senior members of president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s transition team, reported Saturday that the Remain in Mexico plan would require asylum applicants to stay in Mexico, therefore ending the “catch-and-release” practice whereby those seeking asylum are allowed to stay in the U.S.
The incoming administration in Mexico takes over the reins on December 1st. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the incoming Mexican President because he stated in the past that he believes it’s the right of the migrant to come to the US.
The future president of Mexico made the statement below last summer during a campaign speech:
He believes it’s a human right for migrants to come to the U.S.