The federal government of Mexico expressed concerns late on Wednesday regarding the Trump administration’s decision to annul the Flores Settlement Agreement which is currently preventing the detention of immigrant minors for more than 20 days, The Hill reported.
The Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico informed via press release that it will “evaluate corresponding legal alternatives.”
At the same time, DHS announced its plan to replace the Flores regulation with a new administrative rule that would keep the immigrant families together in detention while they undergo their immigration court cases, a process that can take anywhere from a few weeks to several years.
McAleenan also touted the federal government’s family detention centers’ educational, medical and recreational facilities.
Mexico vowed to “give prompt follow up to the conditions in those centers and to continue giving assistance and consular protection to the Mexican families that are detained under these new circumstances.”
A majority of families seeking asylum in the United States come from Central America through Mexico, but a substantial number of Mexican nationals still live in the United States without papers and cross into the United States monthly without prior authorization.
In fiscal 2019 through July, 3,699 Mexicans traveling as family units were apprehended crossing into the United States illegally.
Still, the number of undocumented Mexicans in the United States has decreased dramatically, dropping to 4.9 million people in 2017 from 6.9 million in 2007, according to the Pew Research Center.
Mexico has a history of litigation against the U.S. federal government in support of migrant claims, both in U.S. and international courts.
Mexico’s 50 consulates in the United States are the single largest consular network maintained by any one country in any other.