U.S. to Make Asylum Seekers Wait in Mexico

U.S. to Make Asylum Seekers Wait in Mexico

U.S. to Make Asylum Seekers Wait in Mexico

Migrants heading to the southwest border to seek asylum in the United States will have to wait in Mexico until their claims are processed, under an agreement between the two countries announced on Thursday that will affect tens of thousands of people each month.

President Trump has been a continuous critic of the "catch-and-release" practice, expressing both his anger and disbelief at the way illegal immigrants are set loose in the US, only to not turn up for a court proceeding that can be years away.

"It will no longer be the case that aliens who come here remain inside the United States during the pending time of their asylum claim".

"Mexico's government has made a decision to take the following actions to benefit migrants, in particular unaccompanied and accompanied minors, and to protect the rights of those who want to start an asylum process in the United States", the foreign ministry said. "We know that access to counsel is one of the most important factors in whether or not an asylum seeker is able to live in safety in the United States". Almost half of them were traveling in family groups that included children, according to statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Numerous illegal immigrants had children with them when asking for asylum.

"We will confront this crisis head on, uphold the rule of law, and strengthen our humanitarian commitments", Nielsen said in a statement.

Cicilline also took Nielsen to task for repeating the lie that there was no family separation policy by producing a signed memo that explicitly approved "the separation of parents or legal guardians and minors held in immigration detention so that the parent or legal guardian can be prosecuted" under a "zero tolerance" policy, a memo which Nielsen said she recognized. "If Mexico could protect them, they would be protecting their own citizens, and they can't".

Administration officials say many are gaming the system and making false claims as a way to stay in the U.S. While most pass their initial screening, only about 9 percent are eventually granted asylum. "We've never had a policy for family separation", she said.

In late November, Lee Gelernt, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, said there were questions about the legality of such a proposal.

Last month, Trump invoked national security powers to deny asylum to anyone caught crossing illegally, but a judge halted that change as a lawsuit progresses.

In November, Trump tweeted that he meant to enforce a policy whereby only those who enter the country legally will be allowed in.

Trump made securing the southern border, along with a tough stance on illegal immigration, a cornerstone of his 2016 campaign - but has at times struggled to implement that agenda facing a combination of hard congressional math and a series of defeats in the courts. "Lopez Obrador may absorb a cost, but it's relatively small price to get your neck out of the noose on the immigration issue".

The biggest caravan consisted of thousands of migrants who traveled to the southern border from Honduras.

"I don't think you can find on the Mexican side much of a coherent stance against these concessions", Estevez said. $5 billion and you want the American public to pay for it?

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