Mexico slams US Supreme Court ruling to restrict asylum-seekers

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Mexico’s government reacted negatively to news on the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling on immigration.

The U.S. will uphold the Trump administration policy restricting entry at borders by asylum-seeking migrants. Mexico is likely to be the most affected by the ruling.

CGTN’s Franc Contreras has more reaction from the Mexican government.

Mexico’s government closely monitored the U.S. Supreme Court’s asylum order announced on Wednesday. At his daily news conference, on Thursday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told his nation that it does not affect relations with the Trump administration.

“I can inform the people of Mexico that relations with the government of the United States are good,” said President Lopez Obrador. “We have no deep differences. There are no discrepancies.”

The U.S. high court’s ruling upends four decades of asylum policy in the United States. It will now make its way through a lower court. Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico’s long-standing asylum policy will not change.

“Mexico’s policy for refugees and asylum-seekers is a tradition, and here in Mexico we will not implement this type of restrictions,” said Ebrard.

Nearly 1,800 kilometers north of the National Palace, the U.S. requirement that refugees seek asylum in so-called third safe countries – like Mexico – worries this migrant mother from Central America.

“We know most people who go to the first appointment are returned to wait here in Juarez. A while ago, some who were staying here were not given an appointment until January and the truth is that’s a long time to wait,” said Sarai Rodriguez, a migrant.

A well-known migrants’ rights defender in El Paso said the U.S. is acting illegally and immorally.

“Truly what Trump has achieved is to convert Mexico into his minions of migration,” said Carlos Spector, an immigration attorney. “They are doing the dirty work of the Americans in Mexico, violating the rights of the Central Americans or non-Mexicans who come to request political asylum.”

For its part, the Mexican government expects public pressure to continue through the U.S. 2020 presidential election, as Trump pushes forward in his efforts to deter Central American immigration.