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WorldMexico says no unlimited asylum, Trump confirms safe third country plan

17:30  14 june  2019
17:30  14 june  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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“ Safe third country could be applied if we fail, and we accept what they say ,” Mr Ebrard said on Tuesday evening, noting that Mexican politicians would In January, the Trump administration began sending thousands of migrants back to Mexico to wait there instead. Mr Ebrard said those asylum

Mexico says no unlimited asylum, Trump confirms safe third country plan© REUTERS/Carlos Jasso Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard speaks during a news conference as Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador looks on, at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

MEXICO CITY, June 14 (Reuters) - Mexico has not accepted that the United States send it an unlimited number of asylum seekers, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said, ahead of meetings with U.S. officials on Friday to determine the expansion of a controversial program.

Under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexico agreed last week to expand the program, which forces mostly Central American asylum seekers to return to Mexico to await the outcome of their U.S. asylum claims.

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What has Mexico said about the deal? Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirmed that Mexico had 45 days to show it was able to stem the flow If Mexico were to be a safe third country , migrants' asylum applications would be processed there rather than in the US. Mr Ebrard earlier said

On Monday, Trump said Mexico would soon disclose part of the agreement and said that portion would have to be taken up by the Mexican The United States wants Mexico to be declared a safe third country in which asylum seekers would have to seek safe harbor instead of the United States

Ebrard said officials would discuss which cities the program, known as Remain in Mexico, would expand to, as well as how to measure the number of people and which nationalities Mexico would accept.

Currently the program operates in Tijuana, Mexicali and Ciudad Juarez. Close to 12,000 people have been returned to Mexico since January.

In the deal reached a week ago, Mexico also agreed to a plan that could make it a "safe third country" in which asylum seekers would have to seek refuge instead of in the United States, if Mexico does not bring down immigration flows within 45 days through enforcement measures.

Trump on Friday confirmed that the deal struck in return for not imposing threatened tariffs on Mexico included a plan for safe third country.

Asked in a Fox News interview if the plan included the option if Mexico cannot stem the flow of Central American migrants headed for the United States, Trump said "It's exactly right, and that's what's going to happen."

(Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel in Mexico City and Makini Brice and Susan Heavey in Washington; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Susan Thomas)

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Mexico's government will consider legislation to accommodate U.S. demands to make Mexico a so-called safe third country for asylum seekers if it cannot stem migration flows in 45 days, Mexico's foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday. Ebrard said Mexico had agreed to consider a change in its legislation during talks with U.S. officials last week to avert the threat of U.S. tariffs on Mexican goods. Mexico had resisted U.S. demands to become a safe third country, which would oblige migrants to seek asylum in Mexico if they passed through the country on the way to the United States.

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