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Mexican judge defends highest honor for Jared Kushner

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Robert O'Brien, Jared Kushner

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, left, and National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien walk to the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, as they return with President Donald Trump from attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican judge says it was OK for Jared Kushner to get a top national award despite derogatory comments about Mexican migrants that were made by his father-in-law, President Donald Trump.

A non-profit group in Mexico, the Center Against Discrimination, said Saturday that the judge rejected its argument that Mexico should recall the award given to Kushner.

In 2018, Mexico’s previous government gave the Order of the Aztec Eagle to Kushner, a White House adviser, for contributions toward negotiating a new free trade agreement between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.

The award is the highest honor that Mexico gives to foreigners.

Trump is widely disliked in Mexico for references to Mexican migrants as rapists and criminals, as well as promises to build a border wall between the countries.

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