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Mexico says cannot take returned US migrants

Mexico City, Mexico — The head of the National Institute of Migration (INM), Tonatiuh Guillén, says that in the short-term, there is no operational capacity to receive Central American migrants who could return from the United States.

At a press conference, the Ministry of the Interior added that Mexico cannot take on the migrants because they have no legal status in the Mexican legislation.

On Thursday, the US government informed Mexico that the Department of Homeland Security intends to enforce a section of its immigration law that would allow the return of immigrants to Mexico to wait out the development of their migratory process in the US.

Guillén López said that in order to accept the return of non-Mexican migrants from the United States, the return must first be translated into the migration law.

“We do not have the operational structure for the return, nor the legal body. Those are the obstacles. It is not that we are opposing, it’s just that simply in the short term, as things are, we do not have the capacity to do so,” he added.

Given this situation, the Mexican government said that, for humanitarian reasons, they will temporarily authorize the entry of foreign immigrants deported by the United States who have a subpoena of a migratory judge.