REPORT: Mexico weighs ‘Plan B’ regional asylum agreement if Trump migration deal fails

JUNE 10, 2019

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Mexico’s top diplomat said Monday his country would consider entering a regional asylum agreement if the deal brokered last week with the Trump administration fails to stem the flow of migrants to the U.S.

Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said his government rejected a so-called safe third country agreement during talks last week, but added both sides agreed to revisit a similar measure over the coming weeks. Under such a policy, migrants entering Mexico would be required to apply for asylum there rather than the U.S.

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“The government of the United States came to the meeting where the vice president was present saying the only way there wouldn’t be tariffs today was that Mexico accept and sign over the weekend an agreement to be the first country of asylum,” Ebrard said at a press conference days after Mexico reached a last-minute deal to avert tariffs Trump threatened over the surge of Central Americans crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

“That’s what happened in the meeting with the vice president, which was very harsh. Harsh not in the sense that they were rude, but in the sense that their tone was almost an ultimatum. Well, without the ‘almost,’” said Ebrard.

“After very intense negotiations we arrived at two measures, one of our own and one of theirs. And we agreed on a time table to do things and see who’s right,” he added.

The two measures are an accelerated deployment of the Mexican National Guard to the country’s southeast border and an unprecedented expansion of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), a program under which Central Americans requesting asylum in the United States wait out their court cases in Mexico.

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Reporter Eric Martin tweeted that Ebrard denied the report that Mexico had agreed to buy more U.S. agriculture products: “Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard just confirmed ON the record our scoop: there was NO agreement by Mexico to buy more U.S. agricultural products. “There is NO specific agreement on products of that nature,” he says in AMLO’s morning news conference.”

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