June 14, 2019 / 1:27 PM / 3 months ago

Mexico says United States cannot send back unlimited number of asylum seekers

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard looks on during a news conference at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico has not accepted that the United States send it an unlimited number of asylum seekers, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said, ahead of meetings with U.S. officials on Friday to determine the expansion of a controversial programme.

Ebrard said officials would discuss which cities the programme, known as Remain in Mexico, would expand to, as well as how to measure the number of people and which nationalities Mexico would accept.

Mexico agreed last week to expand the programme, which allows the U.S. to send mostly Central American asylum seekers to Mexico to await the outcome of their U.S. asylum claims.

Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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