MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico will invoke labor provisions within the new North American commerce pact in a bid to make sure that unlawful migrants in the USA obtain coronavirus vaccines, the nation’s prime diplomat stated on Wednesday.
Overseas Minister Marcelo Ebrard instructed reporters at a daily authorities information convention that the labor provisions of the United States-Mexico-Canada Settlement (USMCA) embody well being protections for migrants no matter their immigration standing.
Mexico’s authorities will search to make use of the provisions to make sure that migrants obtain coronavirus vaccines, he stated.
“We’ll invoke the labor chapter of the USMCA free commerce settlement,” stated Ebrard, emphasizing that the textual content acknowledged the “vulnerability” of migrant employees.
It’s the accountability of each Mexico and the USA that every one employees have assured entry to vaccines, he famous.
“As a consequence, we think about any exclusion of Mexican employees… a violation,” Ebrard stated.
Mexico responded with concern final week after the governor of the U.S. state of Nebraska stated undocumented migrants would seemingly not get vaccinated attributable to immigration standing.
The governor, Pete Ricketts, later appeared to partially backtrack, saying citizenship wouldn’t be checked previous to vaccination.
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