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Mexico pushes back after top U.S. court favors Trump on shunning migrants

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By Lizbeth Diaz and Stefanie Eschenbacher

The Mexican government protested and Central American migrants feared deportation back to their violent homelands on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump to slam the door on asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexican border.

The court on Wednesday found that Trump's restrictive asylum rule could go into effect nationwide while a lawsuit challenging its underlying legality proceeds, handing the president a victory as he brandishes his anti-immigration credentials for the November 2020 presidential election.

The rule requires immigrants who want asylum to first seek safe haven in a third country through which they travel on the way to the United States, enabling the United States to combat a record surge in Central American asylum-seekers.

Trump's immigration crackdown has animated his base of supporters while immigrant advocates in the United States fear the court decision will endanger the lives of migrants, many of them fleeing poverty, street gangs and domestic violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

With the threat of automatic rejection hanging over the most recent arrivals, thousands of migrants are cramped into shelters or sleeping in the streets of Mexican border cities in places such as the state of Tamaulipas, where the U.S. State Department has placed a "do not travel" advisory due to violent crime similar to its warnings against visiting war-torn Sudan or Syria.

One asylum-seeker from El Salvador who staying in a Tijuana shelter while awaiting her immigration hearing in San Diego said she could only hope to God she would not be sent back.

"I'm very scared, I hope this won't affect me. I cannot return to my country, they tried to rape me there twice because I am a lesbian and the last time I ended up in a hospital in intensive care," said Veronica Martinez, 23. "I trust in God that the court's decision does not affect me."

The Mexican government also pushed back against the U.S. high court's action, one that could create a new headache for Mexico.

"This is the ruling by the court, it's a U.S. issue, and obviously we don't agree with it, we have a different policy," Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told a news conference.

TENSE RELATIONS

The court's decision comes at a delicate time for Mexican-U.S. relations. Under Trump's threat of imposing tariffs, Mexico has agreed to house many of the surging number of Central American asylum-seekers south of the border pending their U.S. hearings.

That gesture has led to a sharp decline in U.S. apprehensions and rejections of migrants at the border, winning Mexico praise from Trump following a White House meeting on Tuesday.

But Mexico has resisted U.S. pressure to sign a formal "safe third country" agreement that would commit it to hearing the asylum cases of migrants from Central American and elsewhere, a move that would take even more pressure off the U.S. border.

The downside for Mexico is that the buildup of migrants at the northern border is putting stress on schools, health clinics and housing.

"We have seen outbreaks of acts of xenophobia in Mexico that did not exist before, mainly in the north of the country," said Israel Ibarra, an immigration expert with the Continente Movil consultancy in Tijuana.

Francisco Gallardo, director of the Casa de Migrantes shelter in Reynosa, said migrants are sleeping in tents beside a bridge linking the two countries and are sure to grow more discouraged by the Supreme Court decision.

"We'll see what measures can be taken because there are about 500 people next to the bridge," Gallardo said.

Under the so-called Migrant Protection Protocols, the U.S. government built temporary, soft-sided courthouses near the border ports of entry in Laredo and Brownsville, Texas, and started hearing cases this week.

In Harlingen, Texas, Judge Delia Gonzalez took the bench Thursday, linked by video conference to a courtroom 30 miles (50 km) away in Brownsville.

She heard the cases of two Salvadorans who crossed from Mexico into south Texas in August, were arrested by U.S. officers, and returned to the Mexican border town of Matamoros.

A Salvadoran woman said she had received cruel threats from gangs, and Gonzalez asked if she feared returning.

"Yes, a lot," the woman said.

After brief hearings, she and a Salvadoran man were given court dates to appear again in October.

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The Mexican government protested and Central American migrants feared deportation back to their violent homelands on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump to slam the door on asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexican border.

Well the Mexican government doesn’t have a say in US politics. They always tell us to mind our business, that feeling goes both ways. Mexico absolutely doesn’t want to deal with the migrant issue overrunning their borders, I understand it’s overwhelming and we feel exactly the same way.

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Nothing "restrictive" here. President Trump is merely enforcing the "First Safe Country" asylum rule that is already part of our immigration laws.

I called this one when this topic was put up at this site: That the Supreme Court would strike down Tigar's injunction. What is surprising is how fast they moved and ruled (7-2) on the case. the SC is finally starting to do its job by upholding U.S. law.

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In some ways the US is a 'safe country', in many others it's not. How many innocent people were shot down yesterday? How many millions of high powered weapons are owned by the public, many with mental problems? (Just ask the US right wingers) How many with mental problems still own bump stocks - even though Trump wanted them banned. I'm sure Texans find using bump stocks easier than using a lariat when roping their goats, but they still should follow their president's orders to help make the US safer

Uhhh...how does that relate to Mexico thinking it has the right to dictate to us who we should let into our country when they absolutely wouldn’t tolerate or deal with illegal immigrants? I know keeping the borders open is a huge cash cow for the Mexican government via repatriations, guess the Mexican leaders need to work harder at weeding out corruption and trying to make the country more legitimate and give their people real opportunities of work, wages and prosperity. The Mexican government would actually have to deal with this problem instead of deflecting the problem onto the US.

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Leftists parrot what their intellectual superiors within the DNC and the MSM spoon feed them and yammer on and on about how violent this country is, but they never can seem to answer one simple question: if America is as bad as they "think" it is, why do millions of illegal invaders want to cut to the head of the line and try to get in here?

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Texas A&M AggieToday  10:14 am JST

...if America is as bad as they "think" it is, why do millions of illegal invaders want to cut to the head of the line and try to get in here?

I honestly can't figure it out. I'd sooner take my chances in Central or South America.

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Rightists parrot what their intellectual superiors within the RNC and their MSM spoon feed them and yammer on and on about how broken this country is, but they never can seem to answer one simple question: if America is as broken as they "think" it is, why is it so prosperous with a richer economy than any other country in the world?

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This is a temporary action by SCOTUS. Other lawsuits are working their way through the courts. We all get to see the results.

The real beef that Mexico has with the US is all the weapons finding their way from the US into Mexico.

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@texagYes, yes, lower the level of discussion by disparaging another poster based on where that poster resides.

Where you reside is part of it, but you've both crowed you own bump stocks. Turning them in would make America safer. Use your lariat to goat rope.

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Well the Mexican government doesn’t have a say in US politics.

But they're going to pay for the wall, right?

I mean, your man promised it, right? Unless he was lying.

Again.

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We don't have a Supreme Court anymore. We have five Republican political operatives posing as justices who are willing to twist themselves up like pretzels in order to give the GOP what it wants, even if that means doing a complete 180 and ruling in a way that's contrary to their previous decisions.

Meanwhile, the Trump Crime Family is ignoring subpoenas and court orders, stealing money from taxpayers to pay for fake National Emergencies (the wall), selling US intelligence for profit (Saudi Arabia), all while relying on a rigged right wing Supreme Court to make it "legal."

People don't realize how close we are to losing our democracy altogether to these fascist goons.

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Leftists parrot what their intellectual superiors within the DNC and the MSM spoon feed them and yammer on and on about how violent this country is, but they never can seem to answer one simple question: if America is as bad as they "think" it is, why do millions of illegal invaders want to cut to the head of the line and try to get in here?

Don't you wish ALL immigrants would go BACK to their home countries and make those places better instead of sucking off the US?

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