Mexico government slams U.S. border slowdown as 'very bad idea'

Through his Twitter account, Marcelo Ebrard argued that closing the border would create additional costs in supply chains both in Mexico and the U.S.

Mexico government slams U.S. border slowdown as 'very bad idea'
The DHS’s former secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who had overseen Trump’s bitterly contested immigration policies during her tenure, stepped down at the weekend - Photo: Jorge Duenes/EL UNIVERSAL
English 12/04/2019 14:29 Ariadna García Mexico City Actualizada 14:29

The Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard announced that he would seek to discuss hold-ups in the flow of goods and people at the border with the U.S. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), Kevin McAleenan.

Through his Twitter account, Ebrard Casaubón wrote that stopping the flow of people and goods through the Mexico-U.S. border was a very bad idea, arguing that it would create additional costs in supply chains both in Mexico and the United States.

Ebrard said his ministry would get in contact on Wednesday with the new leaders of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The department’s former secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who had overseen Trump’s bitterly contested immigration policies during her tenure, stepped down at the weekend.

The border slowdowns have occurred after Trump late last month threatened to close the frontier if Mexico did not halt a surge in undocumented migrants reaching the United States.

On Monday, a judge in San Francisco said the Trump administration’s policy of sending some asylum seekers to Mexico while their claims worked through a backlogged immigration court system was not authorized by U.S. law.
 

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