Neither the current federal government, nor the one that will be sworn in on December 1, are interested in an agreement with the United States for the Mexican government to carry out a program of mass deportation of Central American migrants, said Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso.
He discarded the versions of an alleged agreement that the United States would be seeking to financially support Mexico in order to deport Central American and Caribbean migrants who are on the Mexican borders and who seek asylum in the United States.
While attending the Sixth Federal Government Report, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) made it clear that there has been no verbal or written acceptance of any agreement in the matter with the neighboring country to the north.
The official said that, even, the issue was already discussed with the team of the president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, “and the position is the same. It is not in the interest of our country to have an agreement to deport migrants before they cross the United States illegally. ”
Videgaray responded to the questions asked by senators from the parliamentary groups, who also responded to criticisms such as the exclusion of the migratory issue in the new trade agreement between Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
“It is a trade agreement, there should be no commitments of a migratory nature, but it does not imply that there is not, as part of the relationship with the United States, a migratory dialogue,” said the foreign minister.
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When asked about the supposed limitation or prohibition for Mexico to have trade agreements with other nations such as China, he assured that “there is no provision that creates a limitation, neither with China nor with any other economy regardless of its characteristics or geographical location.
“The ability of a country to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, in its original version, is unrestricted, Article 2205 of the original treaty so provides,” he said.
He mentioned that any of the three countries can withdraw unilaterally, “he simply has to send a letter to the other two and in six months he is out. He can do it for this reason or he can do it for any other”.