The Washington Post reported that in order to bring this about, a senior Department of Homeland Security official offered Mexico the possibility of a significant amount of financial aid, although this payment might only be offered for a limited time.
While it’s not clear which U.S. officials are negotiating this potential deal, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is meeting with Mexico’s foreign minister in Guatemala City on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to travel to Mexico City on Friday.
Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission reported that in 2017, Mexico received 14,596 asylum applications, but did not follow through on 7,719 of those.
That same year, the U.S. received 119,114 asylum applications — more than double what it had been during the previous year (68,530) and more than nine times what it was in 2008.
“Mexico is interested [in] addressing the fact that both the United States and Mexico have experienced a significant increase in the number of asylum and refugee requests and that a large number of Central American nationals enter Mexico with the intent to reach the United States,” Mexico’s ambassador to Washington, Gerónimo Gutiérrez, said in a statement to The Washington Post.