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Mexico seeks to ensure US vaccines for illegal migrants


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Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard holds a news conference, as Mexico's government will invoke labour provisions in the new North American trade pact in a bid to ensure that illegal migrants in the United States receive coronavirus vaccines, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, January 13, 2021 – Mexico's Presidency/Handout via Reuters Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard holds a news conference, as Mexico's government will invoke labour provisions in the new North American trade pact in a bid to ensure that illegal migrants in the United States receive coronavirus vaccines, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, January 13, 2021 – Mexico's Presidency/Handout via Reuters

Mexico will invoke labour provisions in the new North American trade pact in a bid to ensure that illegal migrants in the United States receive coronavirus vaccines, the country’s top diplomat said on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters at a regular government news conference that the labour provisions of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) include health protections for migrants regardless of their immigration status.

Mexico’s government will seek to use the provisions to ensure that migrants receive coronavirus vaccines, he said.

“We will invoke the labour chapter of the USMCA free trade agreement,” said Ebrard, emphasising that the text recognised the “vulnerability” of migrant workers.

It is the responsibility of both Mexico and the United States that all workers have guaranteed access to vaccines, he noted.

“As a consequence, we consider any exclusion of Mexican workers... a violation,” Ebrard said.

Mexico responded with concern last week after the governor of the US state of Nebraska said undocumented migrants would likely not get vaccinated due to immigration status.

The governor, Pete Ricketts, later appeared to partially backtrack, saying citizenship would not be checked prior to vaccination.

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