The Mexican government on Thursday said it opposes the U.S. Supreme Court decision to ban migrants traveling through other countries from seeking asylum, with Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard telling The Associated Press he thought the decision was “astonishing.”
Speaking at Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s daily news conference, Ebrard said Mexico would never pass a rule like President Trump‘s administration.
«The United States has a very hardline immigration policy,” Ebrard said, according to AP. “The court’s decision is astonishing in the impact that it is going to have.”
The Trump administration on Wednesday was granted approval from the Supreme Court to enforce the asylum rule as legal battles surrounding the rule continue. The rule had previously been blocked by a California judge, prompting the administration to turn to the High Court.
President Trump tweeted after the court decision that he spoke to Obrador on the phone Wednesday about border policy, which Obrador confirmed to The Associated Press.
“There are no deep differences, there’s no discrepancy, nothing that could lead them to take measures or apply measures that affect the economy, the development of our country,” Obrador told The Associated Press. “On the contrary, there’s a very favorable environment for the United States Congress … unbeatable conditions to approve the free trade treaty.”
The U.S. government previously said it would put tariffs on Mexico if the country didn’t take steps to reduce the number of people flocking to the border.