MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's National Human Rights Commission has issued a warning over what it calls "the possible collapse of the system for protecting refugees" in the country.

The commission says that of the nearly 14,600 refuge requests received during 2017, close to 60 percent have not been attended to.

Even some requests from 2016 have yet to be resolved, despite the fact that Mexican law stipulates it should happen within 45 days.

The commission says in a statement that the situation is "concerning" and leaves refuge-seekers without migratory documents that let them work to provide for themselves.

It urged the federal government Saturday to provide "a clear signal of the commitment it traditionally maintains to asylum and refuge, which has characterized our country over the years."