Published: Sun, November 25, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

U.S. reaches deal that would make asylum seekers wait in Mexico

U.S. reaches deal that would make asylum seekers wait in Mexico

The deal, which would overhaul United States border policy, comes with President Donald Trump outraged over the presence of thousands of Central American migrants who marched to the Mexican side of the border hoping to enter the USA for a better life free from the poverty and gang violence in their homelands.

Has Washington struck a new immigration deal with Mexico? 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.

"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 US immigration courts, one of several options the Trump administration has been pursuing in negotiations for months".

According to the newspaper, the plan was called "Remain in Mexico".

"The future government does not consider. that Mexico assumes the status of "safe third country" for Central American migrants, or from other countries, who are on Mexican territory or for those who will reach it in the future", she said in a statement.

He confirmed the plan essentially foresaw migrants staying in Mexico while asylum claims were being processed, and said the incoming government wanted to find jobs for them in sectors that were short-staffed, such as maquila assembly plants.

Their comments came on the back of a report in The Washington Post, which claimed Mexico and the U.S. had agreed on a deal named Remain in Mexico.

A migrant man pushes a child in a baby stroller past a cordon of riot police as he joins a small group of migrants trying to cross the border together at the Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana Mexico Thursday Nov. 22 2018. A small group of Central A

Approximately 5,000 Central American migrants have arrived in recent days to Tijuana, just south of California, after making their way through Mexico via caravan. President Enrique Pena Nieto offered thousands of Central Americans asylum on October 26 if they agreed to remain in southern Mexico. Hundreds of Tijuana residents have protested their arrival, complaining that recent caravans forced their way into Mexico from Guatemala.

Trump did turn to Twitter on Saturday evening to discuss the migrant matter, vowing that those at the U.S. -Mexico border wouldn't be permitted into America "until their claims are individually approved in court".

"They're going to have to open the borders (for the migrants) to put in the request", Vences said.

Local churches and charities have been feeding the migrants, with assistance from state and federal agencies. "No "Releasing" into the U.S".

The deal marks a dramatic change in government policy, which now allows those seeking asylum to remain in the USA while awaiting the decisions on their applications. "We only will allow those who come into our Country legally".

U.S. officials want to roll out the program at the San Diego border crossing to deal with the caravans that have become a source of frustration for Trump, but they envision it could be expanded to another five to seven crossings along the U.S. -Mexico border.

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