Mexico City (CBSDFW.COM/AP) —Mexico leaders are calling on the labor sector of a free trade agreement signed with the United States to threaten US workers to use the COVID-19 vaccine regardless of immigration status.
“It is an established right that workers should not be exposed to infection,” said Foreign Secretary Marcelo Evrad.
“It is the responsibility of each country to ensure that all workers receive the vaccine, regardless of immigration status,” Evrad said. Excluding Mexican workers from the vaccination program would be considered a breach of trade agreements, he said.
Access to vaccines by migrant workers became a problem last week in response to comments from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts. The Governor was asked if he would vaccinate undocumented migrants working at the state’s meat packaging plant.
“I don’t think illegal immigrants will be part of the program’s vaccine, as you are supposed to be a legitimate resident of the country to work in these factories,” Ricketts said.
A spokesman later said in a statement that “immunization does not require proof of citizenship.”
However, some migrant advocacy groups are still concerned that the message discourages people in the country from being vaccinated illegally.
Mr Ebrard also said he hopes US trade unions will help Mexico on this issue.
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador visited Washington in July 2020 to sign a new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.
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