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    US and Mexico negotiating new asylum deal that could put immigrants at ‘risk of kidnapping, sexual assault, and trafficking’

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    The United States currently has a “safe third country” agreement with Canada, but Michelle Brané, the director of migrant rights and justice for the Women’s Refugee Commission, says that creating a similar deal with Mexico makes little sense. 

    Citing rising violent crime rates in the country, sparked largely by powerful and dangerous cartels, Ms Brané said that, for many asylum seekers, forcing them to stay in Mexico would limit their ability to seek safety.