Mexico Agrees to Support US Planned Asylum Policy
Washington: Mexico’s incoming government has agreed to support the US government’s plan to remake US asylum policy, the media reported. Citing Mexican officials and senior members of president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s transition team, The Washington Post reported on Saturday the US administration had won the support of Mexico’s incoming government for a plan to remake US border policy by requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims move through US courts.
The agreement would break with long-standing asylum rules and create a new barrier to Central American migrants attempting to reach the US and escape poverty and violence. US President Donald Trump renewed a threat on last Thursday to shut down the entire US border with Mexico as part of his administration’s efforts to deter the entry of Central American migrants. Thousands of US troops have been deployed along the country’s southern border with Mexico to help strengthen border security. (IANS)