Mexico says it can’t help US with migrants forever, must tackle root of problem in Central America

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Thursday his country remains committed to helping the United States fight immigration, but noted that “this cannot go on forever.”

Speaking at a press conference, López Obrador said efforts must be focused on the fundamental issues in Central America that drive people to migrate.

FILE: Honduran Alex Cortillo, left, and his half-brother pull their suitcases to the United States border post to begin asylum proceedings in Tijuana, Mexico.
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FILE: Honduran Alex Cortillo, left, and his half-brother pull their suitcases to the United States border post to begin asylum proceedings in Tijuana, Mexico.
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The case arose as the president dodged questions about re-establishing the US policy of “staying in Mexico.”

“We have taken it upon ourselves to help the US government on the immigration issue, we will continue to do so,” López Obrador said.

“We have tried to keep migrants in shelters, especially to protect minors, women,” said López Obrador. “But this cannot go on forever, we have to get to the bottom of it and that means investing in the development of poor countries.”

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Mexico, which is not legally bound to accept the US ‘stay in Mexico’ policy, has allowed the removal of non-Mexicans under Donald Trump’s administration, but it is not known how long the government will allow the removal. reprise.

The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to block a lower court ruling ordering President Biden’s administration to restore the Trump-era policy of forcing people to wait in Mexico for hearings on the claims asylum.

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It is not known how many people will be affected by the Supreme Court’s decision and how quickly. Under the lower court ruling, the administration must make a “good faith effort” to restart the program.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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