Mexico: Supreme Court asylum ruling 'astonishing'

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Nevertheless, the Trump administration, with an eye on the flow of Central American migrants, adopted a new policy in July under which no asylum requests will be taken from migrants unless they have first been denied protection in a country they crossed to reach the U.S.

Successive Mexican governments have pointed out that illicit arms sales from the United States into Mexico have fueled turf wars between drug gangs and clashes with security forces, exacerbating social problems and adding to migratory pressures.

Ebrard said Mexico had proposed that the United States begin operations at border crossings in San Diego, as well as the Texan cities of El Paso, Laredo, McAllen and Brownsville.

There are thought to be at least 45,000 Central Americans who have been turned away by United States agents and forced to wait within Mexico while their asylum claims are processed, which can take many months.

Collins said it will help remove one of the factors that impel people to set out for the United States, "leading to fewer individuals transiting through Mexico on a risky journey". Francisco said there is good cause for immediate implementation to avoid a surge of immigrants at the border.

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Mexico said last week that it has slashed undocumented migration to the United States by 56 per cent since May, and the steps it has taken have drawn praise from Washington.

Asked about her comments Thursday, Ebrard said Mexico also had concerns and requested a meeting with her office to exchange information.

"I know things are getting more and more complicated in the U.S.", said Noel Hernández, 21, who was staying at a migrant shelter in Guatemala after leaving his home in Tegucigalpa, in Honduras, a few days ago.

Others said they would try to make it in Mexico, despite the violence, or in Guatemala, a nation with a barely functional asylum system.

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While the Supreme Court ruling is only temporary, Mahecic voiced concern over the impact implementing the Trump policy could have on people seeking protection while the case winds its way through the courts.

Morgan said President Donald Trump's administration is "doing everything they can" by "utilizing every tool in the toolbox within the current legal framework to stop this crisis, while Congress sits on their hands and fails to do what they know they need to do to end this crisis".

"We see detention centres crammed with migrants and children, riots, social problems arising, human rights abuses, and rising xenophobia among Mexicans", said Jorge Chabat, a professor of worldwide relations the University of Guadalajara.

"Some really big Court wins on the Border lately!"

While the new rules will inhibit most migrants from applying for asylum, there are other forms of protected status that remain open to them, though the bar to entry is much higher.

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In her dissent, Sotomayor said that the government's rule may be in significant tension with the asylum statute.

Mexico has long resisted a so-called safe third country agreement with the U.S. that would require migrants to request asylum there first, but the court's decision appears to have unilaterally brought about the same result.

Following Trump's threat, Mexico cracked down on migrants crossing the country, deployed the National Guard to the southern and northern borders, and tried to contain migrants to the southern part of the country.

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