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U.S., Mexican officials to discuss asylum pact

Posted On: May 16, 2018   |   Posted By: Politico

President Donald Trump has criticized Mexico for not doing enough to stop the flow of Central American migrants toward the U.S. - but an asylum deal under discussion this week could change that. Officials from the Trump administration and the Mexican government will meet Thursday and Friday to discuss a possible “safe third country” agreement, according to two sources, one from the Homeland Security Department and one from the Mexican government. Under such a pact, migrants would be required to seek asylum in Mexico if they passed through that country en route to the U.S. The U.S. and Canada inked a similar deal in 2002. Reaching a safe third country agreement with Mexico won't be easy, given the Mexican government's profound irritation with President Trump, who has attacked Mexico repeatedly and still insists that Mexico ought to pay for a wall along the southwest U.S. border. In addition, Mexico's forthcoming July 1 presidential election has made President Enrique Peña Nieto's ruling party...

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