Some U.S. Asylum Seekers Find Work In Northern Mexico

By Jorge Valencia
Published: Monday, July 8, 2019 - 5:13pm
Updated: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 10:47am

Mexico’s top diplomatic official says hundreds of Central American migrants who have been sent to Mexico to await the outcome of their U.S. asylum claims have secured jobs in factories near the border.

Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said in a press conference in Mexico City on Monday that 327 people have obtained work. Some 16 shelters have offered help and factories have offered some 3,700 jobs, Ebrard said. 

Mexico has taken in almost 17,000 U.S. asylum applicants under a controversial Trump administration practice that forces them to wait in Mexico for a process that could take more than a year. Ebrard has previously said his government doesn’t agree with what the Trump administration refers to as the “Remain in Mexico” policy but will take steps to help the people being returned.

“The main goal was to offer jobs to people who are waiting in Mexico for their hearing in the U.S.,” Ebrard said. 

Migrants have been sent back through the ports of entry in San Diego, Calexico and El Paso. Administration officials have said they plan to expand to other ports including Nogales, Arizona.