Mexico balks on US plan to send Mexican asylum seekers to Guatemala

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January 8, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Migrants carry scavenged goods after abandoned tents were left by people who had an asylum court hearing, at an encampment near the bank of the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Mexico. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

MEXICO CITY — Mexico is voicing opposition to the Trump administration’s controversial plan to send Mexicans seeking asylum in the United States to Guatemala instead.

“It’s a decision that worries us and a decision that we cannot agree with,” the Mexican ambassador to the United States, Martha Barcena, said Tuesday. “This decision was not consulted with us. It is a decision they made with Guatemala.”

According to internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times, the Trump administration holds that Mexicans are not excluded from an agreement it reached in July for Guatemala to take asylum seekers who are not Guatemalan.

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