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Blinken meets Mexican International Minister Ebrard in Washington – The Nationwide

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosted Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on the State Division on Friday.

The 2 leaders had a lot to debate throughout their bilateral assembly, together with the North American Leaders Summit, migration and regional security.

Mr Blinken advised reporters: “We’re getting ready for the North American Leaders Summit early subsequent 12 months. And so we’ll be speaking about that, our ongoing co-operation, collaboration on migration, on citizen safety, but in addition the work that we have been doing between our governments.”

Mr Ebrard added: “We’re going to have a number of conversations proper now in an effort to advance on these points.”

It was unknown if Mr Blinken and Mr Ebrard additionally mentioned different urgent points dealing with the 2 international locations, together with Mexico’s power insurance policies, which some in Washington have claimed discriminate in opposition to US firms.

The assembly comes on the heels of a federal choose on Thursday quickly blocking President Joe Biden’s administration from terminating a Donald Trump-era coverage known as Title 42, which requires asylum seekers to stay in Mexico till they’re granted a listening to in US immigration courtroom.

Immigration, civil rights, and human rights leaders have written an open letter to the Biden administration, urging it “to grab this chance to fulfil its promise to construct a humane immigration system”.

“Title 42 is a Trump-era coverage that has weaponised public well being to avoid home and worldwide refugee regulation by quickly expelling people greater than 2.4 million instances to Mexico or their international locations of origin with out the chance to hunt safety,” the letter learn.

“This expulsion coverage was a racist continuation of efforts to dismantle the US asylum system and has disproportionately harmed black, brown and indigenous asylum seekers.”

The group states that rights advocates have documented greater than 10,000 violent assaults — together with kidnappings, severe assaults and murders — of migrants.

US District Decide Matthew Kacsmaryk in Texas stayed the termination till authorized challenges by Texas and Missouri are settled however has not ordered the coverage to be reinstated within the interim.

The impression on the programme was not instantly clear.

The choice comes as El Paso, Texas, and different border cities face a each day inflow of migrants that would develop bigger if separate asylum restrictions enacted underneath former president Trump finish subsequent week.

Thursday’s ruling may show to be a short lived setback for the Biden administration, which can attraction the choice.

The Related Press contributed to this report

Up to date: December 16, 2022, 9:57 PM

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