Incoming Mexico Gov’t: No Deal to Host U.S. Asylum Seekers

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s incoming government says it does not plan to assume the role of “safe third country” for migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. after Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is sworn in as president on Dec. 1.

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

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.

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