Hong Kong and Mexico’s Immigration Issues

Grind for June 19th
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The Headline

Mexico unveils immigration agreement with Trump Administration

The Grind

Mexican authorities on Friday released the details of a joint agreement designed to stem the flow of migration from Central America to the United States.

“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” tweeted Trump on June 7th. “The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the US on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended.”

The Details

Moving forward, Mexico will improve security measures along its southern border with Guatemala and expand opportunities for asylum seekers to live and work in Mexico while their claims are processed in the United States.

If these strategies do not produce sufficient results in 45 days, Mexico will take “all necessary steps” to meet its goals – including the adoption of a “safe third country” designation.

Under such a designation, people fleeing violence and poor economic conditions would be required to seek asylum in the first “safe” country they reach. In other words, the United States could send any Central American found to have crossed into the US from Mexico back to Mexico.

In order to meet the 45-day deadline, Mexico will soon begin working with UN agencies including Unicef and the International Organization for Migration.

“This isn’t just a Mexican issue, not just an issue for El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, it’s one of the biggest migration flows in the world,” said Mexican Foreign Minister Marcel Ebrard, who led the negotiations in Washington, DC.

The agreement also commits both countries to “immediately begin discussions to establish definitive terms for a binding bilateral agreement to further address burden-sharing and the assignment of responsibility for processing refugee claims of migrants.”

A Change Of Heart

The Headline

Hong Kong abandons extradition agreement with China

The Grind

“Hong Kong’s government on Saturday announced it would suspend consideration of a proposal that would have allowed the transfer of fugitives from Hong Kong to mainland China, Taiwan, and Macau.

The decision follows days of unprecedented protests involving tens of thousands of people. A rally planned for Sunday, June 16th is expected to occur despite the announcement.

The Details

“The government has decided to suspend the legislative amendment exercise, restart our communication with all sectors of society…and listen to different views of society,” said Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam. “I feel deep sorrow and regret that the deficiencies in our work and various other factors have stirred up substantial controversies and disputes in society following the relatively calm periods of the past two years.”

Supporters said the bill was necessary to close legal loopholes – including the prosecution of a Hong Kong resident who admitted to murdering his girlfriend during a trip to Taiwan. Without an extradition agreement, the suspect can’t be sent to Taiwan for a trial.

Opponents, including US lawmakers, feared the bill would enable China’s corrupt government to prosecute political opponents in Hong Kong.

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