Mexico Agrees With Trump's New Border Plan
Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen cited emergency powers under the Immigration and Nationality Act as she revealed the new measures, according to the Washington Post. She told Congress that immigrants entering the country illegally or without proper documentation will go to Mexico "for the duration of their immigration proceedings" and called the policy "historic:"
"They will not be able to disappear into the United States. They will have to wait for approval to come into the United States. If they are granted asylum by a U.S. judge, they will be welcomed into America. If they are not, they will be removed to their home countries," Nielsen said.
The United States has been in negotiations with Mexico for weeks to reach such an accord, which had been referred to as "Remain in Mexico," believing that illegal crossings will decline if Central Americans believe the asylum system will no longer offer them a way to avoid deportation.
Mexico's Foreign Relations department agreed to the policy and called the move a temporary, humanitarian one.
The change by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrado is the latest sign the new government is more accommodating to the White House.