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New U.S. asylum policy does not make Mexico ‘safe third country’: minister

Central American migrants, who returned to Mexico from the United States to await their court hearing for asylum seekers, as part of the legal proceedings under a new policy established by the U.S. government, sleep outside the Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, July 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico Foreign Minister Marcel Ebrard said on Monday that a new U.S. measure to sharply limit asylum claims did not in effect make Mexico a “safe third country,” adding that the Mexican Congress would have to approve any such classification first.

Under the U.S. policy announced on Monday, most migrants reaching the U.S. southern border would be ineligible for asylum and would have to seek refuge in Mexico or another country.

Reporting by Rebekah F Ward; Editing by Delphine Schrank

via Reuters