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Mexico Reportedly Cuts US Aid for Deportation of Undocumented Migrants

© AP Photo / Hans-Maximo Musielik, FileIn this April 29, 2018 file photo, a member of the Central American migrant caravan, holding a child, looks through the border wall toward a group of people gathered on the U.S. side, as he stands on the beach where the border wall ends in the ocean, in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, April 29, 2018
In this April 29, 2018 file photo, a member of the Central American migrant caravan, holding a child, looks through the border wall toward a group of people gathered on the U.S. side, as he stands on the beach where the border wall ends in the ocean, in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, April 29, 2018 - Sputnik International
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The Mexican President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador team has requested to turn down $20 million offered by the US administration to facilitate the deportation of Central American undocumented migrants from the country, which is used by these people as a transit territory to cross into the United States, local media reported Thursday.

On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that, in a recent notice sent to the Congress, the US President Donald Trump administration said that it intended to allocate $20 million in order to assist the Mexican authorities in deporting undocumented migrants.

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"The Mexican government refused to accept $20 million. The money is currently in the Merida Initiative [Mexico-US cooperation agreement] fund, but it was not accepted for carrying out repatriations," one of the cabinet officials told the Proceso news portal.

According to the media outlet, the request to turn down the aid was voiced by Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico's future foreign minister. The request reportedly concerns any financial transfers that the United States would offer for the repatriation of migrants.

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