U.S. Expands Program Requiring Asylum Seekers to Wait in Mexico
Program seeks to stop practice of allowing migrants to remain in the U.S.
On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would be expanding its program that requires those who are seeking asylum in the U.S. to wait in Mexico while their cases are being processed. Currently, 240 migrants have been returned to Mexico under the program. The program has also been expanded to the Calexico port of entry in addition to the San Ysidro port.
Typically, Asylum-seeking families had been released from U.S. custody and allowed to stay with friends and family while their cases were going through court processes. The Trump administration has been critical of this method as it could allow undocumented migrants to illegally remain in the country. Those who will be returned to Mexico are single adults, but the White House is in talks with Mexico about returning families as well.
- For DHS to work hard to care for the people they encounter at the border.
- For President Trump to have wisdom on how best to set foreign policy.