U.S. Has Agreed Not to Prosecute Undocumented Migrants [illegal aliens] Affected by Katrina

Associated Press, September 2, 2005

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The United States has agreed with a request from Mexico to not prosecute undocumented Mexican migrants [illegal aliens] affected by Hurricane Katrina who recur to U.S. officials for help, President Vicente Fox said Friday.

"We have agreed with the government of the United States that those who were not documented at the time will not be subject to any pressure or persecution whatsoever," Fox said during a government event Friday afternoon....

Mexico estimates that about 40,000 Mexicans were living in Louisiana, the majority in New Orleans, which was devastated by the hurricane.

Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez said Friday that Mexico would set up temporary consulates near the disaster area to help Mexicans and Central Americans alike affected by the storm....

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