Mexico says number of migrants in 'Remain in Mexico' program drops sharply

FILE PHOTO: Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard delivers a message to the media after taking on the Pro Tempore Presidency (PTP) of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), in Mexico City, Mexico, January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday that the number of migrants awaiting the outcome of their U.S. immigration cases in Mexico has fallen from 50,000 to about 2,500.

Since January 2019, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has sent migrants, many from Central America and Cuba, to Mexico under a policy known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The policy has been a key element of Trump’s push to curb waves of migrants seeking asylum in the United States.

Speaking to a news conference, Ebrard said he expected the number of migrants in the “Remain in Mexico” program to remain around current levels.

The number of migrant crossings at the shared border between the United States and Mexico has declined by about 75%, Ebrard added, without specifying a timeframe.

Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; writing by Julia Love; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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