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WorldPolicy shift means uneasy wait in Mexico for asylum seekers

23:15  15 march  2019
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Trump is quietly forcing more asylum seekers to wait in Mexico

Trump is quietly forcing more asylum seekers to wait in Mexico The “Migrant Protection Protocols” started small. But the US is now sending more Central Americans back to Tijuana to wait. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The Trump administration’s latest effort to repel asylum seekers has been quietly successful. And now it’s quietly expanding. Since late January, the Trump administration has turned back some Central American asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed.

A Mexican official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that current Mexican immigration law does not allow those seeking asylum in another country The possibility that thousands of U.S.-bound asylum seekers would have to wait in Mexico for months, even years, could produce a significant

Asylum seekers from Central America, many of them children, are camped out in Mexico as they wait to be admitted to the United States. Those who petition for asylum at official crossings like the one in Nogales are not considered illegal border-crossers, and are not prosecuted under that policy , yet

Policy shift means uneasy wait in Mexico for asylum seekers© The Associated Press In this March 5, 2019, image, Ruth Aracely Monroy, center, looks out of the family's tent alongside her 10-month-old son, Joshua, as her husband, Juan Carlos Perla, left, passes inside a shelter for migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. After fleeing violence in El Salvador and requesting asylum in the United States, the family was returned to Tijuana to await their hearing in San Diego. They were one of the first families to contend with a new policy that makes asylum seekers stay in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. immigration courts. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

TIJUANA, Mexico — Juan Carlos Perla says he spent his first night in the U.S. in a cold immigration cell with 21 others at the nation's busiest border crossing. Fluorescent lights were always on in the basement holding area. Space was so tight that he laid his sleeping mat next to a toilet.

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The policy shift amounts to the boldest effort yet by the Trump administration to discourage people As a result of the new curbs, shelters for asylum seekers in Mexico have been overwhelmed “The administration will use this agreement moving forward to put up a virtual wall against asylum seekers .

Asylum seekers now must wait over the border while their cases progress through US immigration courts, which are bogged down by a 800,000-case The Trump administration has launched an effort to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases wind through US immigration courts.

The 36-year-old from El Salvador soon reunited with his wife and three sons, ages 6, 4 and 10 months, who were in another cell, and the family returned to Tijuana, Mexico, to await asylum hearings in San Diego. They were one of the first families to contend with a radical U.S. policy shift that makes asylum seekers stay in Mexico while their cases wind through immigration courts. Looking rattled hours later, Perla said he would skip his court date and instead settle in Mexico.

"Our fear is that we lose our case and get deported" back to El Salvador, Perla said. "That's suicide for me, my wife and my children."

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The previous policy allowed people claiming asylum to be released in the United States after an initial screening. The Mexican government said foreigners will The Trump administration announced a new policy on Thursday requiring people seeking asylum at the U.S. border to wait in Mexico while their

Mexico ’s incoming government has denied reaching a deal with the Trump administration to allow asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims are heard in the United States. “No agreement of any kind exists between Mexico ’s future federal government and the United States of America

Perla told a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer that he and his family abandoned their small bakery in the Salvadoran capital after he missed a monthly extortion payment to the 18th Street gang. They beat him and threatened to kill him and his family if he failed to pay the next installment, according to an interview transcript.

If his family's experience is a sign, the policy may be having its intended effect of discouraging asylum claims, which have helped fuel a court backlog of more than 800,000 cases and forced people to wait years for a ruling. Trump administration officials say they want to deter weak claims, freeing up judges to consider more deserving cases.

A federal judge in San Francisco has scheduled a March 22 hearing to consider a request by advocacy groups to halt the practice.

Change is being introduced slowly — 240 people were returned to Tijuana from San Diego in the first six weeks. The administration expanded its "Migrant Protection Protocols" strategy on Monday to a second border crossing, in Calexico, California, and officials say the practice will grow along the entire border.

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But a shift in the Trump administration's immigration policy could mean more waiting . " Asylum seekers are easy prey for criminals and gangs in Mexico , but the Trump plan forces people to remain in harm's way, even if there is a significant possibility they will be persecuted or tortured in Mexico

asylum seekers at the Southern border will wait in Mexico while their claims are processed in Station in downtown El Paso, with no food, shelter or means of communication with their families. A family of asylum - seekers are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents after they crossed the policy requiring migrants asking for asylum in the U.S. to remain in Mexico while their cases are

The shift comes as more asylum-seeking families from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador arrive at the U.S. border with Mexico.

Border Patrol agents in San Diego have been told to target people who speak Spanish and come from Latin America, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press. The memo says pregnant women and LGBT migrants are to be spared. The administration has said all along that Mexicans are exempt, as are children traveling alone.

Waiting in Tijuana is an unanticipated setback for asylum seekers who had hoped to be released in the U.S. while awaiting a judge's ruling. In Mexico, they lack the family connections they have in the U.S, and some say they feel unsafe.

Selvin Alvarado, his partner and their children from previous relationships stayed at a Tijuana shelter for about six weeks while waiting to be called on an informal list of asylum seekers seeking to enter the U.S. at the San Diego crossing. To earn money, Alvarado unloaded ceramic tiles from delivery trucks in Tijuana while his partner watched their boys, ages 10 and 7.

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Guidelines ask agents to target Spanish speakers at border U.S. border agents are being told to target Spanish speakers and Latin American migrants to carry out a Trump administration directive requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. That's according to memos obtained by The Associated Press detailing the guidance. The guidance also includes instruction about various groups of immigrants who are not to be sent back to Mexico and instead go through the traditional asylum process in the U.S. immigration court system. They include pregnant women, LGBT migrants and people suffering medical issues. Authorities said previously that Mexican asylum seekers are excluded, as are children traveling alone. U.S.

Asylum -seeking families have typically been released from U.S. custody and allowed to settle with family or friends The program is also meant to deter those who make false claims; the number The asylum seekers returned to Mexico must have come as single adults, though the administration is in

TIJUANA, Mexico — Eusebio Gomez thought his arduous journey to the U.S. and monthslong wait in the border town of Tijuana, Mexico , would end when he made it to American soil. But a shift in the Trump administration's immigration policy could mean more waiting .

After claiming asylum, Alvarado was separated from his family and put in an all-male cell with fluorescent lights that were always on and made him lose track of night and day. He told a CBP officer the next day that that he was "afraid of paramilitary groups in Honduras" and that he fled with his family after he discovered the head of his farming collective was stealing money and someone threatened to kill one of his children, according to an interview transcript.

Alvarado, 29, who came with a police report and other documents explaining work-related threats, was sent back to Tijuana with his 10-year-old, while his wife and her son were released in the U.S. and settled with Alvarado's cousin in Houston. He says he cannot work in Tijuana because he has no one to care for his son.

Many immigrants' struggles are compounded by the scarcity of legal advice. Customs officials offer a list of potential legal aid providers, but Alvarado said his calls to those groups elicited no response. Al Otro Lado, a Los Angeles-based legal group working out of a building in downtown Tijuana, gave him an overview of U.S. asylum procedures but no individual advice.

For immigration attorneys, it can be difficult to extend help to people who are on the other side of the border.

The American Bar Association's Immigration Justice Project of San Diego cannot afford to go to Tijuana and will not pursue grants without insurance and license to practice in Mexico, said Adela Mason, the group's director.

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New York, NY - Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new policy with the Mexican government that will force asylum seekers who enter the United States at the U.S. Southern Border to stay in Mexico and wait while their claims are processed, possibly for months or years.

The increased immigration enforcement by Mexico means it's becoming increasingly difficult for asylum - seekers like Ingrid to ask for asylum the It's even riskier for migrants who — unlike Ingrid — are in Mexico illegally and could be deported at any time. Rodriguez, the Reynosa lawyer, said while

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"It's a fine line between going down there and providing assistance in a way that is legal but not practicing law in Mexico," said Nadine Toppozada, the group's director of refugee and immigrant services.

Initial asylum hearings in downtown San Diego are scheduled within 45 days, and administration officials hope to put them on a fast track. When their day arrives, asylum seekers are told to report to the border crossing for temporary admission to the U.S. for a bus ride to court.

Dr. Juan Ramon Molina, a primary care physician in Honduras' Nacaome Valley, told a CBP officer that government forces twice tried to kidnap him for his role in an opposition political party and that he did not seek asylum in Guatemala or Mexico because he has family in the U.S. They are in Los Angeles. Houston, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., Miami and West Virginia.

Molina, 35, has been looking online for legal help at a Tijuana migrant shelter ahead of his April 8 court date and says he fears that his political adversaries will track him down. Still, he says it is better than being detained in the U.S., where he spent two days in a basement cell at the San Diego crossing that he said was overcrowded and cold.

"The treatment was inhumane," he said.

Before he gave up and returned to Mexico, Perla had arranged for a pastor in Berkeley, California, to give him a room, find legal advice and arrange schooling for his children. In Tijuana, his family is living in a tent inside a migrant shelter.

"My case is a lost cause," he said.

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