Friday, January 10, 2020

President Trump to 'asylum seekers': Oh, you want sanctuary? Go wait in Mexico for your court date

For the first time, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is sending asylum seekers back to Mexico through Nogales, Arizona to wait for their cases to move through the system.
Hearings on asylum cases are currently being held in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. That’s across the border from El Paso, Texas, some 350-miles away.
In the past, CBP often provided migrants with transportation from Arizona to Texas. Under new protocols, asylum seekers will have to make their way on their own.
CBP says it changed the procedure because it believed migrants were crossing the border into Arizona to avoid being sent back to Mexico.
More than 56,000 people have been sent back across the border since January of 2019. Most passed through ports in and around San Diego, Calexico, El Paso, Laredo, Brownsville and Eagle Pass.
CBP sent about 30 asylum seekers back to Mexico through Nogales Thursday morning.
Critics say the program puts migrants who fled their home countries back into dangerous Mexican border towns where they are often kidnapped, robbed or extorted.
But, wait. Democrats claim that there is no crime at the border, so, not sure which way to view that aspect.
According to an article written for the Wall Street Journal, a Human Rights First report released in December documented at least 636 public reports of violence against asylum seekers returned to Mexico including rape, kidnapping and torture.
Human Rights First said that was a steep increase over October, when the group had identified 343 attacks, and noted the latest figure is surely an under-count because most crime victims don’t report.
Nogales is now the eighth border crossing – and first in Arizona – through which US authorities return migrants to Mexico to await court hearings. The policy was introduced in January 2018 in San Diego.
More than 56,000 people were sent back to Mexico by the end of November, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Of the more than 24,000 cases that have been decided, only 117, or less than 1%, have been granted asylum or some other form relief allowing them to stay in the United States.
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