Nov 24, 2018
Report: Mexico could become waiting stage for some migrants to U.S.
Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s transition team and other Mexican officials indicated to the Trump administration that they at least temporarily support a U.S. plan to rework the border policy so that asylum seekers must wait in Mexico as U.S. courts review their claims, the Washington Post reports.
Why it matters: An agreement would break tradition with current asylum rules and provide a barrier in the path of Central American migrants attempting to receive asylum in the U.S.
Details: The plan, known as "Remain in Mexico" according to the Post, would potentially alter the current system, which Trump has labeled as "catch and release."
- People seeking asylum have been able to wait on U.S. soil in the past where conditions are generally safer. Many asylum seekers are looking to escape poverty and violence.
- But, the administration views this deal as a possible breakthrough that could deter future migrant caravans from Central America.
- There's been no formal agreement yet and the WashPost reports the administration is concerned that Mexico could still pull out.
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