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AMLO Draws the Line at Trump’s Push for Asylum Deal on Migrants

  • Lopez Obrador says he won’t agree to safe-third-country deal
  • Mexico’s president speaks in interview with Bloomberg News
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Mexico’s President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, discusses the country’s economy and President Trump.Source: Bloomberg)

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who’s been trying hard to accommodate his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on issues from trade to illegal migration, said he’ll draw the line when it comes to demands for his country to process claims by asylum seekers.

In his first interview with international media since taking office last year, Lopez Obrador said he wouldn’t agree to a so-called safe-third-country accord like the one Guatemala reached with the Trump administration last week. Such a deal would mean that Central American migrants claiming refugee status would be required to apply for asylum in Mexico, rather than wait until they reach the U.S.