Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he supports the US decision to end its controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy, which forced asylum seekers of all nationalities to wait in Mexico while their cases were processed in America.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Lopez Obrador referenced a US Supreme Court ruling in June that upheld President Joe Biden’s decision to end the initiative, which had been put in place by his predecessor. Donald Trump, reports the Xinhua news agency.
“Now that the court has decided that those seeking asylum in the United States can wait in the United States… We see that as a good thing,” Lopez Obrador told reporters.
“It’s an internal decision of the US government. We never agreed to turn ourselves into a so-called third country, a migrant camp to wait for things to be resolved in the United States,” he said. added.
Mexico and the United States have faced an unprecedented immigration crisis in recent years, as poverty and violence exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic push tens of thousands of migrants, mostly from Central America , heading north in search of work.
The number of migrants detained by the United States at the border with Mexico between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 reached 1,734,686, a record.
Meanwhile, Mexico deported more than 114,000 illegal immigrants in 2021 and detained 115,379 between January 1 and April 13 this year alone, according to government figures.
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