Migrant caravan: Mexican officials deny US border deal

Marcelo Ebrard denied reaching an agreement which would see asylum seekers waiting in Mexico while their claims were processed in US courts.

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The conflicting statements emerged after the Washington Post reported Mexican officials had agreed to let migrants trying to enter the US stay in Mexico while their asylum claims were heard.

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But Mr Ebrard, who will become foreign minister in December after Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s administration takes power, said the US had yet to even send “a specific proposal” on how to deal with the issue.

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Incoming Mexican government disputes report of tentative deal with US on asylum-seekers

The Washington Post reports that the Trump administration has cut a deal with the incoming Mexican government potentially overhauling long-standing asylum rules; Bryan Llenas reports from West Palm Beach, Florida.

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 Andr’s Manuel L’pez 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.

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“The medium- and long-term solution is that people don’t migrate,’ Sanchez Cordero said. “Mexico has open arms and everything, but imagine, one caravan after another after another, that would also be a problem for us.”

The paper said that according to the outlines of the plan, asylum applicants at the border will have to stay in Mexico while their cases are processed, potentially ending the system President Donald Trump decries as “catch and release” that has until now generally allowed those seeking refuge to wait on safer U.S. soil.

There was no immediate comment from the White House or Mexico on the deal that the Washington Post said took shape last week in Houston during a meeting between Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s incoming foreign minister, and top U.S. officials including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

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Incoming Mexican government denies deal to hold asylum seekers in Mexico

WASHINGTON ‘ American and Mexican officials appeared at odds Saturday over the possibility of a deal that could prevent asylum seekers from reaching the United States.

Two Trump administration officials told NBC News that the deal with Mexico’s recently elected government would force asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while U.S. courts process their claims. The officials added that operational and legal details are being worked out, and the deal is still at least few weeks away from going into effect.

But on Saturday afternoon, Jesus Ramirez Cuevas, a spokesman for recently elected Mexican President Andr’s Manuel L’pez, denied to NBC News any such agreement and insisted talks of such a deal were premature.

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Reuters A migrant girl, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, plays in temporary shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, November 23, 2018 Thousands of migrants are now waiting at the border in Mexico 1

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“Migrants at the Southern Border will not be allowed into the United States until their claims are individually approved in court,” Mr Trump wrote, adding: “No ‘releasing’ into the US. All will stay in Mexico.”

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Reuters Members of a caravan from Central America trying to reach the United States queue for food outside in temporary shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, November 24, 2018 There are fears migrants could be stuck in temporary shelters for months 1

Deal with Mexico would make asylum seekers wait outside US border: report

The plan, called ‘Remain in Mexico,’ emerged after a meeting in Houston last week that included Mexico’s incoming foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and other high ranking US officials, US and Mexican officials told the Post.

In a statement Thursday, Pompeo said that he, Nielsen and Ebrard had met ‘to discuss the migrant caravans.’

‘We have affirmed our shared commitment to addressing the current challenge,’ he said. ‘The caravans will not be permitted to enter the United States.’

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