- “Our policy of refuge, of asylum, is a tradition in Mexico,” Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday at a press conference.
- The tightening of the Mexican position caused a 56% drop in arrests on the southern border of the United States between May and August this year.
- Ebrard pushed for the United States to commit itself to attack arms trafficking to the south, which has left its mark on the crisis of violence and insecurity in Mexico.
Mexico regretted that the Supreme Court of the United States gave the green light to new restrictions on asylum promoted by the administration of President Donald Trump. The regulations directly affect the Latin American country because all applicants who have passed through their territory could not request protection on US soil unless they have done so in Mexico, or another nation, first.
“Our policy of refuge, of asylum, is a tradition in Mexico,” Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday at a press conference while calling the resolution an “unprecedented measure.” He stressed that he respected the ruling as a matter of domestic policy.
Ebrard, flanked by the president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, was cautious, and said the country had yet to analyze the impact of the resolution. “The United States has a very hardline immigration policy. The court’s decision is astonishing in the impact that it is going to have,” insisted the foreign secretary. Ebrard gave a public report of the meeting he held last Tuesday in Washington with his counterpart, Mike Pompeo, Trump advisor Jared Kushner, and Vice President Mike Pence.
The meeting was held to evaluate the 90-day progress of the migration pact between the two countries. The agreement was reached last June, days after Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Mexican exports if Mexico failed to demonstrate concrete actions to curb irregular flows of people from Central America.
The tightening of the Mexican position caused a 56% drop in arrests on the southern border of the United States between May and August this year, according to the US Customs and Border Protection Office. With these results, the delegation headed by Ebrard pushed for the United States to commit itself to attack arms trafficking to the south, which has left its mark on the crisis of violence and insecurity in Mexico. “Mexico put on the table in this meeting that control of arms trafficking at the border for us is of the same priority ranking as the immigration issue is for them,” said the head of Foreign Affairs.
“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,” Lopez Obrador wrote on his Twitter account, after chatting with Trump on the phone, one day after the meeting of his representatives in Washington.
The Mexican government is committed to a multi-brand strategy, in which it seeks to dissipate the tension that persisted in the bilateral relationship four months ago. The key is to calm Trump’s diplomatic and economic attacks, as well as to promote development plans that attack the structural causes of emigration in Central America, and reaffirm their leadership in the region. In the background of his complicated relationship with the White House are doubts about AMLO’s ability to manage migration more strictly, and in accordance with human rights.