Incoming Mexico gov’t denies deal to host U.S. asylum-seekers

In this Nov. 2, 2018 photo, Central American migrants who hitched a ride on a flatbed truck jeer at members of about 50 LGBTQ migrants who are also part of the caravan hoping to reach the U.S. border, on the road to Donaji, Mexico. For the dozens of transgender women and gay men, the journey has meant putting up with insulting catcalls and even some physical abuse. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Migrants making their way through Mexico to the U.S. border. File photo / AP

Mexico does not plan to assume the role of “safe third country” for migrants seeking asylum in the U.S., according to a new report.

The Associated Press bulletin throws cold water on a Washington Post story that says the White House struck a deal with Mexico.

If there is a deal, it may fall apart after Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is sworn in as president on Saturday, Dec. 1.


“There is no agreement of any sort between the incoming Mexican government and the U.S. government,” incoming Interior Minister Olga Sanchez said in a statement Saturday.

She said the future government’s principal concern related to the migrants is their well-being in Mexico.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has won support from the president-elect’s team for asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims move through U.S. courts.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Source: Associated Press