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    240 asylum seekers have been sent to wait in Tijuana under a contested Trump administ

    240 asylum seekers have been sent to wait in Tijuana under a contested Trump administration policy

    BY KATE SMITH
    MARCH 12, 2019 / 2:09 PM / CBS NEWS


    U.S. immigration officials have sent 240 asylum seekers back to Mexico to await their court hearings as part of the Trump administration's new "Migrant Protection Protocol" initiative.

    Department of Homeland Security officials shared the update on a call with reporters on Tuesday morning.


    So far, all of the immigrants subject to the new program — which many refer to as "Return to Mexico" — have entered the United States through the San Ysidro port of entry, which connects San Diego to Tijuana. In the "coming weeks," DHS plans to expand the program to other places along the southern border, an official said.


    Here's how the program works, according to an official on the call: A limited number of migrants are legally allowed to enter the United States through San Ysidro. From there, immigration officials "collect biographical" information, "do an interview and take a sworn statement." Migrants wait in holding facilities while officials check for contraband, perform a "basic medical assessment," and determine "which language each person is comfortable having a dialogue in."

    After that, officials determine whether the immigrant is "potentially amenable to the MPP," or, in other words, whether the immigrant can wait in Mexico for the next steps in their asylum process.


    If an asylum seeker qualifies for the program, agents return them to Mexico with a court date, instructions on "when and where to appear," as well as a list of "free or low cost legal providers."

    Those instructions are given in English and Spanish.


    "Return to Mexico" is one the biggest changes to immigration policy implemented by the Trump administration. When it was announced in December, it immediately drew criticism from immigration advocates who called it a "due process disaster." Immigration advocates have also been concerned about the safety of migrants in Tijuana, the dangerous Mexican border city where shelters are at capacity and cartel violence is rampant.


    A group of immigration advocates — including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center — officially challenged the policy in February, filing a lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and her department. The groups claim that the program is in violation of of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Administrative Procedures Act and various international human rights laws.


    The new policy was meant to address concerns that asylum seekers fail to show up for court hearings, according to Nielsen.


    "Aliens trying to game the system to get into our country illegally will no longer be able to disappear into the United States, where many skip their court dates," wrote Nielsen in December.


    However, Department of Justice data shows that 89 percent of asylum seekers were present for their court hearings in fiscal year 2017. About 93,000 migrants claimed asylum in the United States in fiscal year 2018.

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    'Remain In Mexico' Immigration Policy Expands, But Slowly

    March 12, 20192:40 PM ET
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    In late January, Carlos Catarldo Gomez of Honduras was the first person returned to Mexico to wait for his asylum trial date. The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that this program, dubbed 'Migrant Protection Protocols,' will expand from San Diego to Calexico, Calif.
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    The Trump administration is expanding a hard-line immigration policy that forces asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for their assigned court dates in the U.S.

    The program, which is officially known as the "Migrant Protection Protocols," began earlier this year at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego. Homeland Security officials say it expanded this week to include the border crossing in Calexico, Calif., and areas between official ports of entry in the Border Patrol's San Diego sector.

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced the program, initially dubbed "Remain in Mexico," in December. Administration officials say it's intended to deter the growing number of migrants fleeing the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to seek asylum in U.S. immigration courts.

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    The program was quickly challenged in federal courtby immigrant rights advocates. They say it forces migrants to wait in dangerous conditions in Mexican border towns, and deprives them of access to lawyers to help prepare their asylum cases.

    For now, the vast majority of asylum-seekers are still allowed to remain in the U.S. pending their immigration court appearances.


    So far, only 240 migrants have been returned to Mexico under the program, according to immigration officials.

    That's a small fraction of the 76,000 migrants who crossed the southern border in February
    — one of the busiest months for the Border Patrol in a decade.


    "We are starting small to see how this process works," said a DHS official during a background briefing with reporters today. "To make sure we have the coordination down, and a process that works."

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    There is no formal agreement with the Mexican government concerning the Migrant Protection Protocols, according to DHS. But U.S. officials insist there is coordination between authorities in the two countries.

    "We work very closely with Mexican authorities," a DHS official said. "We're not going to open a location that Mexican authorities aren't ready to handle."


    A report earlier this month said the "Remain in Mexico" policy could soon expand to El Paso, Texas. DHS officials say they're working to further expand the program, did not indicate when or where that would happen.


    Meanwhile, immigrant rights' advocates are going to court later this month in hopes of shutting the program down altogether. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco set a hearing for March 22 on their motion for a preliminary injunction.


    The case was brought on behalf of asylum-seekers and non-profit organizations that work with them by the American Civil Liberties Union, The Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies.

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    Tens of thousands of fake illegal alien asylum seekers let in and only 240 returned... just great. Sarc
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    ADD SOME ZERO'S...

    SEND 24,000,000 BACK OVER THE BORDER!
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    Tens of thousands of fake illegal alien asylum seekers let in and only 240 returned... just great. Sarc

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