Washington, DC, United States (4E) - The Mexican government told the Donald Trump administration it is not ready for a "safe third country" agreement, which forces asylum seekers heading to the United States to first find safe haven in Mexico.
The official who made these comments was Mexican ambassador to Washington Martha Barcena.
On Thursday, she rejected the "safe third country" agreement ahead of the Monday headline, in which the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will have to decided if the deal made with Trump on June will go forward.
Under that commitment, the Mexican government averted punitive tariffs by promising to curb the flow of illegal immigrants from Central America by July 22nd. In case it fails, Mexico would be forced to accept the " safe third country" status.
At an event in Washington, DC, Barcena claimed "We have said once and again that we are not ready to sign" this agreement.
In addition, Barcena urged the Trump administration to speed up its processing of asylum. "You cannot leave the people waiting in Mexico for three years," she pointed out.
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