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Mexico Denies To Have Migration Agreement With U.S.

Migrants in Mexican shelter
Jorge Valencia/KJZZ
Mexico City officials set up a shelter for migrants in a stadium for a week in November 2018.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has given legal status to more than 13,000 migrants from Central America in the past few months and authorized the entry of asylum seekers sent back by the U.S. while they await their hearing.

But the Mexican government says this is not part of any pact with the United States.

Some analysts think the U.S. and Mexico have an agreement to reduce Central American migration. Macario Schettino is an economics researcher based in Mexico City.

“Donald Trump has this idea of the wall in the border as the most important thing in his career, and he is against the migration from Central America, so he has imposed some ideas over the Mexican government,” Schettino said.

But the Mexican government says there’s no agreement with the U.S., and that work permits temporary entry for asylums seekers being granted for humanitarian reasons.

The statement comes days after Mexico’s secretary of state, Olga Sánchez, met with the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, in Washington, D.C.

Mexico says it respects the sovereign right of the United States to execute its migratory projects, and acts in a sovereign and independent way as well.

Rodrigo Cervantes was KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City from 2016 to 2021.