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For some reason, Reuters neglects to mention that Identity Evropa is a neo-nazi organization. :fingerwag:

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IE’s slogan, “You will not replace us,” reflects its belief that unless immediate action is taken, the white race is doomed to extinction by an alleged ‘rising tide of color’ purportedly controlled and manipulated by Jews.
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Post by Addie » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:59 am

Dallas Morning News
Juarez murders reach nearly 200 a month as Mexico’s next president prepares to face the violence

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his transition team will begin a highly anticipated peace and reconciliation tour Tuesday in this border community, where security is in a tailspin.

Juarez, once lauded for making significant progress in improving longstanding safety problems, has seen a dramatic sea-change back toward violence in 2018, especially during the summer months. June and July each ended with 177 killings. This weekend, more than 35 people were slain, including 11 on Friday — eight men and three women whose tortured bodies were found tied up. Some of the victims were mutilated.

It's the drug wars again. Internal conflicts within a leading cartel, an ongoing fight for the street market and competition for U.S. distribution routes, including Dallas, are spurring the violence.

Experts say the bloodshed also exposes the city's still weak civil society and democratic institutions, underscoring Juarez's reputation as an unruly city of inequalities. Without good paying jobs and education, it's easy to recruit men and women to do the killings, or become victims.

"Juarez has slipped away from our hands again," said Jorge Contreras Fornelli, president of a public-private citizens' effort known as Ficosec and founder of Consejo de Seguridad, a public policy group that is trying to strengthen judicial institutions by building trust and cooperation between police and citizens.
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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:31 pm

BBC News
Mexico violence: Newly elected Congresswoman kidnapped ...

Ms Rodríguez was elected on 1 July to represent eastern Veracruz state in the lower house of Congress for the centre-left Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).

The 32-year-old was due to take up office on 1 September. The state she will represent is one of the most violent in Mexico. ...

Her kidnapping happened as she was travelling along a highway in neighbouring Hidalgo, the same on which the mayor of Naupan, Genaro Negrete Urbano, had been kidnapped last month.

Mr Negrete's body was found earlier this month. He had been shot dead.

The motive for his killing is not known but local politicians often become targets for criminal gangs if they are seen to interfere with the gang's business.
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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:22 pm

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U.S. and Mexico to set up joint team to fight drug cartels

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Mexico will set up a joint team in Chicago targeting Mexican drug cartels and their leaders and finances, to try to stem a flow of drugs that has led to a spike in U.S. overdose deaths, officials said on Wednesday.

DEA Chief of Operations Anthony Williams said at a joint news conference with Mexican government officials in Chicago that targeting cartel finances was key because “the sole purpose of these entities is one thing and one thing only - money.” ...

“It’s not just a Chicago problem, it’s a national problem. Actually, it’s an international problem,” Brian McKnight, special agent in charge of the DEA’s Chicago Field Division, said at the news conference.

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a left-leaning nationalist, has vowed to shake up Mexico’s war on drug cartels after he takes power in December. He wants to rewrite the rules, aides have said, suggesting negotiated peace and amnesties rather than a hardline strategy that critics say has only perpetuated violence.

However, a change of direction without the United States could increase friction between the neighbors, who have been often at loggerheads since Donald Trump became U.S. president. ...

But despite difference with the Trump administration on migration and trade issues, officials and security experts in the United States have applauded long-running bilateral efforts to crack down on drug gangs.
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Post by Addie » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:10 am

An article about the history of gay bars in Mexico City.
PUNCH: One Last Night in Mexico City’s LGBT Time Warp
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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:46 pm

ProPublica
Justice Department Inspector General to Investigate DEA

The Justice Department’s inspector general announced on Tuesday that his office would investigate a Drug Enforcement Administration program linked to violent drug cartel attacks in Mexico that have left dozens, possibly hundreds, of people dead or missing.

In a letter to senior congressional Democrats, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that an internal review had flagged the DEA’s Sensitive Investigative Units program as “an area of high risk.” His office, he wrote, would examine the drug agency’s management of the program and whether internal controls are in place to ensure that “DEA operations, information and personnel are protected from compromise.”

Under the program, the DEA vets and trains teams of Mexican federal police officers, known as SIUs, that conduct DEA-led operations in Mexico. Last year, ProPublica and National Geographic reported that at least two such operations were compromised and triggered deadly spasms of violence, including one that occurred less than an hour’s drive away from the Mexican border with Texas. A June 2017 story revealed that an attack on the small ranching town of Allende in the Mexican state of Coahuila in 2011 was unleashed after sensitive information obtained during a DEA operation wound up in the hands of cartel leaders, who ordered a wave of retaliation against suspected traitors.

A second story in December investigated a 2010 cartel attack on a Holiday Inn in Monterrey, Mexico, and found that it, too, was linked to a DEA surveillance operation. Four hotel guests and a hotel clerk, none of whom were involved with the drug trade, were kidnapped and never seen again.

Both operations involved the DEA’s Mexican SIU. ProPublica’s reporting detailed that the Mexican SIU had a yearslong, documented record of leaking information to violent and powerful drug traffickers. Since 2000, at least two supervisors have been assassinated after their identities and locations were leaked to drug traffickers by SIU members, according to allegations by current and former DEA agents who worked in Mexico.
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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:33 am

New York Times
Mexican Authorities Disarm Acapulco Police Amid Corruption Inquiry

MEXICO CITY — The federal and state police, backed by the Mexican Army, took over security in the Pacific Coast city of Acapulco on Tuesday, responding to suspicions that the city police force had been infiltrated by organized crime, the authorities said.

Two police commanders were arrested on homicide charges and the rest of the force will face investigation, according to the Guerrero Coordination Group, a combined military and police task force for the embattled state of Guerrero.

The decision to disarm the local police was prompted by rising crime in the resort city and the “nonexistent response of the municipal police to the phenomenon,” a statement from the group said.

The director of the city transit police was also detained after he was found to be carrying unauthorized weapons. The Guerrero state police, backed by soldiers, marines and federal police officers, will replace the local police force, the statement said.

The latest episode in Mexico’s continuing drug war was a reminder that a dozen years after the government first sent soldiers into the streets to fight organized crime, Mexico is no closer to creating the effective local police forces that experts agree will be crucial to any effort to control soaring levels of violence.

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Post by Addie » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:02 pm

Associated Press
Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico ...

The U.S. president has made it clear to Mexico that he is monitoring its response. On Thursday he threatened to close the U.S. border if Mexico didn’t stop the caravan. Later that day he tweeted a video of Mexican federal police deploying at the Guatemalan border and wrote: “Thank you Mexico, we look forward to working with you!”

Mexican officials said those with passports and valid visas — only a tiny minority of those trying to cross — would be let in immediately.

Migrants who want to apply for refuge in Mexico were welcome to do so, they said, but any who decide to cross illegally and are caught will be detained and deported. ...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Friday with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray in Mexico City, with the caravan high on the agenda.

At a news conference with Videgaray, Pompeo called illegal migration a “crisis” and emphasized “the importance of stopping this flow before it reaches the U.S. border,” while also acknowledging Mexico’s right to handle the crisis in a sovereign fashion.

“Mexico will make its decision,” Pompeo said. “Its leaders and its people will decide the best way to achieve what I believe are our shared objectives.” ...

Videgaray noted that 1 million people transit the border legally every day, and about $1 million in commerce crosses every minute.

“Before taking decisions of that kind,” Videgaray said, “there would be many people in the United States ... who would consider the consequences.”

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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:25 am

The Hill
Former Trump ambassador to Mexico pens op-ed detailing 'extreme' chaos under Trump

The former US ambassador to Mexico has penned an op-ed for the New York Times detailing what she describes as “extreme” chaos in the Trump administration.

Roberta Jacobson left the Trump administration in May, and writes in the new op-ed that she felt “glad to escape the disorder” when she departed her post.

“Some chaos is normal at the start of an administration,” she writes. “But it has been extreme under Mr. Trump.”

Jacobson, who served at the State Department for 30 years, did not mention Trump in her original announcement about her retirement.

In the New York Times piece, Jacobson details a number of examples where she says she observed disconnect within the administration and with other nations, and says the “disarray” she witnessed “wasn’t pretty.”

“The disconnect between the State Department and the White House seems intentional, leaving ambassadors in impossible positions and our allies across the globe infuriated, alienated and bewildered,” she writes.

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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:17 pm

Addie wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:25 am
The Hill
Former Trump ambassador to Mexico pens op-ed detailing 'extreme' chaos under Trump

The former US ambassador to Mexico has penned an op-ed for the New York Times detailing what she describes as “extreme” chaos in the Trump administration.

:snippity:

“The disconnect between the State Department and the White House seems intentional, leaving ambassadors in impossible positions and our allies across the globe infuriated, alienated and bewildered,” she writes.
Who needs a State Department when Jared can run the whole show :?:

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Post by Addie » Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:21 am

Reuters
Trump calls U.S.-bound migrant caravan a national emergency, says will cut aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he had alerted the military and federal border authorities that a U.S.-bound migrant caravan from Central America was a national emergency, and that the United States would begin curtailing aid to the region.

Trump, in a series of posts on Twitter, gave no other details about his administration’s actions. Representatives for the White House and the U.S. Border Patrol did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

Representatives for the Pentagon and the U.S. Department of State referred questions to the White House.

“Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States,” Trump wrote in a tweet, adding: “I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy.”

“Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them,” Trump wrote.

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Post by RVInit » Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:38 am

Yeah, that's real smart. Curtail aid to a country whose citizens are so desperate they would embark on a 2500 mile journey on foot. That will solve the problem, for sure. I guess when you are a thug threats are the only tool you have at your disposal.
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Post by Patagoniagirl » Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:07 am

US foreign policy created the destabilization in Central America which continues to this day. Such a shameful legacy.

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:14 pm

Addie wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:21 am
Reuters
Trump calls U.S.-bound migrant caravan a national emergency, says will cut aid

:snippity:
“Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them,” Trump wrote.
Does dotus think those countries ought to build a replica of the Berlin Wall?

And China will greatly appreciate the opportunity to replace that missing US foreign aid and gain more influence in South America.

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Post by Patagoniagirl » Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:16 pm

RTH, BINGO!

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Post by Fortinbras » Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:11 am

A few things I have noticed: Honduras, Venezuela, and the other places these caravan people are coming from must be real hell-holes since these people are so desperate to leave that they will walk - yes, on foot - hundreds of miles across Mexico to get away from their homelands. And they are making this long walk knowing that the instant they arrive at the US border they will clapped into a ICE jail, separated from their children. They will endure all that to get out of their homeland so imagine how bad Honduras, etc., must be.

By hammering at rallies that this caravan is an invasion of criminal-types, Trump has sounded a summons for all sorts of self-appointed border vigilantes to start patrolling patches of the US-Mexican boundary, very probably armed and very probably willing to kill unarmed asylum-seekers. That could turn out to be the most shameful day in US history.

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Fortinbras wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:11 am
By hammering at rallies that this caravan is an invasion of criminal-types, Trump has sounded a summons for all sorts of self-appointed border vigilantes to start patrolling patches of the US-Mexican boundary, very probably armed and very probably willing to kill unarmed asylum-seekers. That could turn out to be the most shameful day in US history.
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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:23 pm

BBC News: In pictures: Mexico City's Day of the Dead parade ...

This year the parade was themed around migration.

The city's government dedicated the parade to migrants who have lost their lives in transit, at a time when thousands from across Central America are currently travelling in a caravan through the country.

One part of the parade had people carrying parts of a border wall, which said (in Spanish): "On this side there is also a dream."






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Post by Whip » Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:47 pm

ole gaby could be in those pics without make up and we wouldn't even know it.

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Post by Addie » Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:52 pm

Associated Press
Mexico agency orders video released from 1994 assassination

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's national transparency agency has ordered prosecutors to release 13 video recordings related to the 1994 assassination of presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio.

Agency chief Blanca Ibarra Cadena says the matter is of "social and historic transcendence" and the release will shed light on the case and its investigation. ...

The agency said Wednesday in a statement that the videos show Colosio in Tijuana on the day of his assassination, as well as what happened after he was shot.

The man convicted of the killing confessed and said he acted alone. But many Mexicans doubt the official story, believing there was a conspiracy and cover-up involving then-President Carlos Salinas' government.

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Post by Addie » Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:44 am

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Ex-Mexican officer-turned-cartel mole sentenced in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago handed a more than three-year prison sentence Thursday to a former Mexican intelligence-unit commander on charges he divulged American investigative secrets to cartel bosses in Mexico — a betrayal one DEA agent told the court collapsed drug-trafficking investigations and cost lives.

Ivan Reyes Arzate, 46, was a main point of contact for intelligence sharing between U.S. agencies and Mexican Federal Police. He drew on access to U.S. intelligence to help unmask a cartel informant, who was later tortured and killed, according to filings by prosecutors.

Arzate turned himself over to American officials in 2017 and changed his plea in May from not guilty to no contest to obstruction and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Sergio "El Grande" Villarreal Barragan, a longtime confidant to the head of the Beltran Leyva cartel, testified at Thursday's hearing. He described to U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber how Mexican syndicates rely heavily on corrupt police, like Arzate, to expand their illegal operations and vanquish rivals.

Government attorneys called Barragan and the U.S. agent to testify during a five-hour sentencing hearing in a bid to buttress their argument that Arzate deserved a tougher 10-year prison term. Prosecutor Katherine Sawyer told the court the sentence the defense wanted, 17 months , would amount to a "slap on the wrist."

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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:29 am

CBS News
Trial underway for accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

NEW YORK — The trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman opened Tuesday among intense security with the U.S. government calling him a "hands on boss" of a vast multi-billion dollar global narcotics empire. In his opening remarks, the prosecutor told the jury of seven women and five men in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn this is a case about drugs, money, violence, prison escapes and billions of dollars involved in a criminal enterprise.

Guzman seated at the defense table, flanked by his attorneys and assisted by an interpreter, appeared to listen with rapt attention as prosecutor Adam Fels outlined the government's case against him.

Guzman, 61, has pleaded not guilty to charges involving international drug trafficking, conspiracy to murder, gun and money laundering charges. He faces life in prison if convicted of all charges.

Fels told the jury that Guzman earned nearly $14 billion as the kingpin of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel — using planes, trains, automobiles and even submarines — to move hundreds of tons of Colombian cocaine into Mexico before shipping it to the United States for distribution.

He said Guzman shipped so much cocaine into the United States that every citizen would have their own "line" of it.

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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:43 pm

New York Times - OpEd
El Chapo Puts the Drug War on Trial

Joaquin Guzmán ’s prosecution will inadvertently highlight the government’s failure to stop the flow of narcotics and the related bloodshed.


MEXICO CITY — An iconic photo from 1993 shows Colombian police officers smiling as they crouch over the bullet-ridden corpse of Pablo Escobar, who Forbes magazine had claimed was the richest drug trafficker on the planet. The picture was taken by Steve Murphy, an agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, who helped track down the kingpin accused of fomenting mass murder in his homeland. Mr. Escobar’s “fate should serve as an example to others who traffic in death and misery,” said the drug czar Lee Brown, amid celebrations in Bogotá and Washington.

Fast forward 25 years, and a new supervillain, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo, sits in a federal court in Brooklyn, accused of trafficking enough heroin, cocaine, marijuana and crystal meth to Americans to have made $14 billion over two and a half decades. Mr. Guzmán’s infamy, including escaping from two maximum-security prisons in Mexico, puts him alongside Mr. Escobar and indeed the bootlegger Al Capone as the most notorious traffickers of modern times.

In the years between Mr. Escobar’s death and Mr. Guzmán ’s trial, which began this week, the war on drugs has stumbled on. In terms of taking down kingpins and burning heaps of their narcotics, it has been a stunning success. It terms of reducing the number of Americans killed from overdoses or Latin Americans murdered over smuggling profits, it has been a resounding failure.

The Drug Policy Alliance estimates the fight against the illegal drug trade costs United States taxpayers $58 billion a year. But 2017 claimed a record 15,900 heroin overdose deaths, as well as highs in fatalities from cocaine, meth and fentanyl. In Mexico, the many-sided battle between rival drug cartels and an array of security forces is estimated to have killed more than 119,000 people over a decade. That’s comparable to some of the worst continuing armed conflicts around the world and has destabilized swaths of the country.

Most drug lords who are extradited to the United States cut deals. But Mr. Guzmán pleaded not guilty, forcing prosecutors to put together a case scheduled to last months. They say they will call witnesses, including his fellow traffickers, to describe how he smuggled dope in ingenious ways — such as in cans of jalapeño chilies — bribed Mexican officials at every level and masterminded the brutal murder of his enemies.

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Post by Addie » Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:33 pm

New York Times
The Public Trial of El Chapo, Held Partially in Secret ...

But at a second trial of sorts, Mr. Guzmán’s lawyers are, in essence, prosecuting the government of Mexico. By their account, the country’s police and politicians not only are corrupt, but also have conspired for years with Mr. Guzmán’s partner, Ismael Zambada García, to target El Chapo in exchange for a flood of bribes.

Judge Brian M. Cogan has been tasked with keeping the first of these trials on track and the second one in check. Given the sensitivities involved and the enormous news media attention, he has conducted much of the proceedings in secret.

It all began on Wednesday last week when the judge held a sidebar conversation with the defense and prosecution to discuss whether Mr. Guzmán’s lawyers should be allowed to pursue their claims that Mr. Zambada was the real mastermind of the cartel. The defense informed the judge that the government’s first main witness, Mr. Zambada’s brother, Jesus Zambada García, would testify, if asked, to a bombshell revelation: He had once been ordered by his brother to bribe the “now incumbent” president of Mexico.

Though the exchange occurred in private, reporters obtained a transcript, and by Friday night, word spread that a witness at the trial of El Chapo was poised to accuse a Mexican president of taking bribes. A complicated game began in which students of Mexican politics tried to divine which president it was from the cryptic comments made in court.

Was it the incumbent, Enrique Peña Nieto?

Or maybe the defense had erred and it was actually the president-elect: Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

When court convened again on Monday, the audience waited in suspense as Mr. Zambada took the stand, blithely spilling secrets of the Sinaloa drug cartel and laying bare the inner workings of Mr. Guzman’s operation. But even though he confessed to startling crimes — admitting, for example, that he personally paid $300,000 in bribes a month, for years — he never mentioned anything about bribing a Mexican president.
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New York Times: How El Chapo Became a Kingpin, According to a Witness
LA Times: Under extreme security, a former member of the Sinaloa Cartel testifies against 'El Chapo'

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Post by Addie » Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:43 pm

CNN
Washington Post: Incoming Mexican government gives support to Trump admin's new asylum proposal

(CNN) A new Trump administration border policy requiring that asylum seekers at the southern border remain in Mexico while their claims are processed has garnered the incoming Mexican government's support, the Washington Post reported Saturday, citing Mexican officials and senior members of Mexican president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador's transition team.

The plan, called "Remain in Mexico," emerged after a meeting in Houston last week that included Mexico's incoming foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and other high ranking US officials, US and Mexican officials told the Post.

In a statement Thursday, Pompeo said that he, Nielsen and Ebrard had met "to discuss the migrant caravans."

"We have affirmed our shared commitment to addressing the current challenge," he said. "The caravans will not be permitted to enter the United States."

US officials began receiving guidance on "Remain in Mexico" this week and were told it could be implemented soon, the Post reported, but US and Mexican senior officials stressed that elements of the plan had not yet been established and that no formal agreement has yet been signed.
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Associated Press: Incoming Mexico gov't: No deal to host US asylum-seekers

Mexico's incoming government denied a report Saturday that it plans to allow asylum-seekers to wait in the country while their claims move through U.S. immigration courts, one of several options the Trump administration has been pursuing in negotiations for months.

"There is no agreement of any sort between the incoming Mexican government and the U.S. government," future Interior Minister Olga Sanchez said in a statement. ...

Julieta Vences, a congresswoman with Lopez Obrador's Morena party who is also president of Mexico's congressional migrant affairs commission, told the AP that incoming Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard has been discussing with U.S. officials how to handle a deluge of asylum claims at the border.

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