Skip to main content

Reports of possible safe-third country agreement with Mexico

  1. Date Announced

    July 11, 2018

    Press reports that the Trump administration is considering a safe third country agreement with Mexico. This agreement would require asylum seekers transiting through Mexico to apply for protection there rather than in the United States. It would allow U.S. border guards to turn back such asylum seekers at border crossings and quickly return to Mexico anyone who has already entered the US to seek refuge, regardless of their nationality. [ID #47]

    View Policy Document
  3. Subsequent Action

    July 16, 2019

    Although no agreement is reached with Mexico, DHS and DOJ issue joint third-country asylum interim final rule in July 2019 preventing asylum seekers from applying for asylum without first seeking asylum in Mexico.

    Interim Final Rule re Asylum Eligibility and Procedural Modifications
Status: Reported
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: CBP USCIS DOS

Prior Policies

Subsequent Action

We require registration to leave feedback. You may either:

  • Sign in with your current user name and password.

  • Register if you don't have a user name and password.