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US Email shows Trump admin plans to expand 'Remain in Mexico' policy to Arizona border

06:40  22 november  2019
06:40  22 november  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to expand its " Remain in Mexico " policy on Friday by sending asylum seekers who cross the border in the Tucson, Arizona , sector back into Mexico to await their court dates, according to an internal email obtained by NBC News.

The Trump administration plans in coming weeks to expand its policy of turning back asylum seekers at the U.S.- Mexico border beyond the San Ysidro border crossing to new unidentified "targeted locations," senior administration officials said Friday. The policy , sometimes referred to as ".

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to expand its "Remain in Mexico" policy on Friday by sending asylum seekers who cross the border in the Tucson, Arizona, sector back into Mexico to await their court dates, according to an internal email obtained by NBC News.

a group of people riding skis on a snowy surface: Image: FILE PHOTO: Central American migrants are seen outside their tents in an encampment in Matamoros© Henry Romero Image: FILE PHOTO: Central American migrants are seen outside their tents in an encampment in Matamoros

The expansion would send immigrants claiming asylum in and around Tucson first to El Paso, Texas, then back into Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, according to the email.

The email was sent widely to Customs and Border Protection officials, instructing them that the Tucson sector is to "begin manifesting and processing amenable persons for MPP to be returned tomorrow morning," referring to the Migrant Protection Protocol, the official title of Remain in Mexico.

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In the coming weeks, the Trump administration plans to expand a policy that requires some asylum seekers to await their immigration court hearings in Mexico to other locations along the US- Mexico border , said Department of Homeland Security officials Friday.

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CBP is already sending non-Mexican asylum seekers, mainly from Central America, back into Mexico if they cross into the El Paso and Rio Grande Valley sectors of Texas.

CBP referred NBC News to the Department of Homeland Security for comment. DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In October, 6,352 undocumented immigrants crossed into the Tucson sector, a 262-mile stretch of border between the New Mexico state line and the eastern edge of Arizona's Yuma County, though how many claimed asylum is unknown. Tucson was second in migrant crossings only to the Rio Grande Valley sector, which had nearly 10,000 last month.

Since Remain in Mexico went into effect in January, immigration lawyers have challenged the policy in court, claiming that asylum seekers are having their rights violated by being made to wait in unsafe conditions in northern Mexico.

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In the coming weeks, the Trump administration plans to expand a policy that requires some asylum seekers to await their immigration court hearings in We want a location that works for both sides of the border ." The so-called Migrant Protection Protocols, informally known as " Remain in Mexico

That should allow the Trump administration to expand the Migrant Protection Protocols program Another casualty could have been American textile jobs, many of which depend on the proximity of cheaper labor in Mexico to remain competitive with factories that pump out clothing in India, China

Immigrants are brought to court rooms set up in tents on the U.S. side of the border and are facing year-long wait times for a final adjudication of their case.

Despite court challenges, the policy remains in place.

The Trump administration unveiled another policy limiting the rights of asylum seekers this week. Beginning Wednesday, DHS began deporting Central Americans to countries who have entered into agreements with the United States. For example, if a migrant from El Salvador or Honduras passes through Guatemala on his way to the United States without claiming asylum, he would be deported to Guatemala.

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San Diego judges have been terminating “Remain in Mexico” cases at a significantly higher rate than in any other court, according to federal data. © frederic j. brown/Agence France-Presse/Getty ImagesBetween January and the end of September, immigration judges in San Diego terminated 33% of more than 12,600 Migrant Protection Protocols cases, also known as Remain in Mexico, according to data collected by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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