In Mexico, Confusion About U.S. Asylum Rule

By Jorge Valencia
Published: Friday, September 13, 2019 - 12:34pm
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2019 - 9:44am
Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Marcelo Ebrard

Mexico’s top diplomat says he disagrees with a U.S. Supreme Court order that will prevent most migrants from applying for asylum. The measure will likely block thousands from around the world who are waiting in Mexican border towns for an opportunity to legally enter the U.S.

The Supreme Court’s ruling could have a lasting impact on Mexico. Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard says he knows it’s domestic U.S. policy, but he doesn’t agree with it.

“In Mexico, we have a very different migration policy,” Ebrard said in a news conference on Thursday. He added that Mexico will not follow suit with similar practices.

Mexico has received tens of thousands of migrants from Central America and the rest of the world seeking to reach the U.S. For now, it’s still unclear what will immediately happen to those on waiting lists in border towns.

“That’s a good question,” said Martin Selgado, who runs a migrant shelter just across the border from Yuma. “I have no idea.

Ebrard said Mexican officials they were still evaluating the eventual impact of the ruling.

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