Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard announced on Thursday that the Mexican government doesn’t appreciate or agree with the United States Supreme Court’s “astonishing” decision to back the Trump Administration’s new asylum policy, according to The Associated Press.
Ebrard was speaking at President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s daily news conference when he said that Mexico does not adhere to the same third country asylum policies and would not implement that type of rule:
“Our policy of refuge, of asylum, is a tradition in Mexico,” Ebrard said, according to the AP. “The United States has a very hardline immigration policy,” Ebrard continued. “The court’s decision is astonishing in the impact that it is going to have.”
According to the AP, Mexico has long been against the “safe third country agreement” that the United States has adopted, which requires migrants to seek asylum in the country which has an asylum treaty.
On Wednesday the Supreme Court of the United States supported the implementation of the Trump administration’s new asylum policy which would limit the flow of asylum seekers from Central America.
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the court overruled a lower court’s decision to block the asylum policy in some of the states on the southern border.
The new rule, which was published by the Federal Register, states that asylum-seekers will be considered ineligible if they pass through another country that has signed one of the major international treaties for how to treat refugees.
The rule, which is scheduled to take effect on Tuesday, is an escalation of President Donald Trump’s promise to crack down on illegal immigration and will apply to children who have crossed into the United States alone.
Several notable exceptions, however, are if the person has been trafficked, if the person applied for protection and was denied it or if the country they passed through does not adhere to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, the 1967 Protocol, or the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
López Obrador said on Thursday that he spoke with President Donald Trump on Wednesday and said that Trump recognized Mexico’s efforts to maintain positive communication and that relations between the countries remain good.
“There are no deep differences, there’s no discrepancy, nothing that could lead them to take measures or apply measures that affect the economy, the development of our country,” López Obrador said. “On the contrary, there’s a very favorable environment for the United States Congress… unbeatable conditions to approve the free trade treaty.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.