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About "Remain in Mexico"
This week, there were reports of a groundbreaking, precedent-overturning, policy-shifting deal between the U.S. and Mexico. This deal, if it actually goes through, would set up a system that’s been dubbed “Remain in Mexico.” This would mean that asylum seekers coming into the U.S. from the south would need to remain in Mexico (hence the name) until their applications have been processed.
The Washington Post first reported on an agreement between the U.S. and the incoming Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Later, Obrador’s incoming Minister of the Interior, Olga Sánchez Cordero, clarified that no actual binding agreement was in place, though Cordero was earlier quoted by the Post as saying that Remain in Mexico was a “short term solution.” As of this writing, it’s still unclear whether Mexico will agree to a deal, and what the timeframe and stipulations will be.
Part of the fun of foreign policy lies in the issues that aren’t concrete, and the first and last questions of this release give extempers valuable practice handling topics in flux.
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