President Trump aims tweet at migrant caravans as holiday break ends

Nov 26, 2018, 00:16
President Trump aims tweet at migrant caravans as holiday break ends

It added that under the new rules, an applicant whose asylum claim is denied would not be allowed to return to Mexico but would remain in U.S. custody pending immediate deportation to his or her home country.

He claimed Central American countries are trying to dump "certain people" into the United States.

Gastelum, who is in opposition to the current Mexican government, has been vocal in his disdain for the federal authorities and has sided with US President Donald Trump. "No "Releasing" into the US", Trump said in a tweet late Saturday.

Without confirming the deal, James McCament, Homeland Security's Acting Under Secretary for Policy, said the USA government has been working since the Mexican elections with its current and incoming Mexican counterparts on trade, border policy and other issues.

In Tijuana, numerous migrants who are fleeing violence and poverty are seeking asylum in the United States and face the prospect of spending months in the border city before they have the opportunity to speak with a US official.

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That order has been temporary suspended by a USA judge.

Later Saturday, however, she denied that Mexico had agreed to host people seeking USA asylum as their cases awaited judgment.

Ana Maria Salazar Slack, a former policy adviser to the US Special Envoy for the Americas, said the issue is a "very controversial" one in Mexico.

If Mexico were to assume "safe third country" status, asylum seekers would be required to claim refugee status in Mexico rather than the United States.

But immigrant advocates have long opposed such a designation for Mexico for a number of reasons - principal among them the country's widespread and rising violence, which often targets Central American migrants. Since Lopez Obrador will not be taking office until December 1st, his administration is unable to make deals.

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"They will also give us dates, on what terms they will receive the (asylum) requests and in the case that they are not beneficiaries of this status, they will have to return here", Vences said.

Critics on both sides of the border have long assailed the notion of Mexico serving as a way station or detention grounds for Central Americans and others applying for asylum in the United States.

The effect, Parker said, would likely "push people fleeing for lives into riskier attempts to find safety, including using criminal human smugglers who will gain power under this new policy". REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, hold placards and flags during their march in Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018.

But in those places, the caravan stayed at most two nights - with the exception of Mexico City.

Because the regular border crossings were closed, the migrants headed for the cargo area where the railroad crosses, Alvarez said.

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In exchange, he hopes Trump and the Canadian government will agree to help spur economic development in the region. "All will stay in Mexico", the president wrote.