Ottawa poised to restore visa requirements for Mexicans, Quebec says

The Quebec government says it has been told by Ottawa that the federal government plans to bring back visa requirements for Mexican nationals, something Premier Francois Legault has been pushing for to curb the rising number of asylum seekers to the province.

When asked by Global News if the Quebec government has been informed that the federal government is reintroducing the visa requirement, a spokesperson for the province’s ministry of immigration responded: “Yes, we were informed.”

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The Biden administration has also warned that human traffickers linked to Mexican cartels may be exploiting Canada’s visa-free regime in order to get people into the U.S., circumventing the intense focus on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mexico’s foreign ministry has maintained that keeping the requirements lifted was important to preserve the economic benefits of easier travel between Canada and Mexico.

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Immigration Minister Marc Miller said last month that the government has been in talks with Mexico on the issue.

But in a press conference Wednesday, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Canada was on the verge of applying “unilateral measures” on Mexico to control immigration, on which he said his administration has always cooperated.

He threatened to skip the upcoming North American Leaders or “Three Amigos” summit, set to take place in Canada later this year, if he feels Mexico isn’t getting “respectful treatment” on immigration and other issues from Canada and the U.S.

— with files from the Canadian Press

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