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 U.S. immigration courts.
Incoming Interior Minister Olga Sanchez says in a statement: “There is no agreement of any sort between the incoming Mexican government and the U.S. government.”
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Make Mexico an offer they can’t refuse.
— Robert Jr. (@fstop107) November 25, 2018
Reports on Saturday said the Trump administration had struck a tentative deal with Mexico’s incoming government to require all asylum-seekers from south of the border to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims go through court.
But by early evening, the picture grew more complex, as the incoming Mexican government said there was “no agreement of any sort.”
The Washington Post, citing Mexican officials and senior members of president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s transition team, reported early 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. while their claims are being processed. This is one of several options the Trump administration has been pursuing in negotiations for months.
Implementation of such a policy would mark a significant victory for President Trump, whose tough immigration stance — including his promises to end catch-and-release and build a wall — has formed a central part of his political platform both before and after his election.
The Wall Street Journal, in its own report on the agreement, said it strives to control how many migrants are allowed to stay on the American side of the border during the asylum process.
The White House did not comment on the reported deal on Saturday. “President Trump has developed a strong relationship with the incoming Obrador Administration, and we look forward to working with them on a wide range of issues,” Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told Fox News.
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.” More
Whatever it takes. I’m behind President Donald Trump every step of the way. Shutting the government down temporarily would be an inconvenience, but have people really considered the ramifications of releasing thousands of illegal aliens into our country?
Who cares if they have to stay in drug cartel territory. They made their choice after they were warned to turn around. If they can’t stay in Mexico they can always walk home.