Mexico to let migrants remain while US asylum claims proceed

JUCHITAN DE ZARAGOZA, MEXICO - OCTOBER 30: Members of the Central American caravan react while listening to a meeting and spiritual service at an evening camp on October 30, 2018 in Juchitan, de Zaragoza, Mexico. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico has agreed to a U.S. proposal to let third-country migrants remain in or be returned to Mexico while their claims for asylum in the United States are being processed.

The decision was a historic one for Mexico, which has traditionally refused to accept the return of any migrants who aren’t Mexican.

Mexico’s Foreign relations Department said Thursday the move i a temporary, humanitarian measure.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has been struggling with an increase in asylum claims and limits on its ability to detain asylum seekers