U.S. to Make Asylum Seekers Wait in Mexico

Hugh Fox
December 22, 2018

The United States has sufficient resources to process claims efficiently and should not force asylum seekers to face months or years of not knowing if or when they'll have a fair hearing, Human Rights Watch said.

"The current system puts them at the hands of those who prey on them and abuse them".

Asylum lawyer Jason Dzubow told VOA that as a matter of immigration law in general, a person who arrives at the border has a right to claim asylum.

"If they make it more of a voluntary program where people can opt to do this, and it's incentivized and allows people to work in order to get themselves back together in Tijuana while they're waiting to get their case heard, and they've in fact chose to do that, then it could work for some members of the Caravan", Meade said.

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"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 previous Mexican administration wanted nothing to do with it and the liberal cohort on our side of the border described it as inhumane. "Under our laws, if you don't have a legal right to be here, you will be detained", Nielsen told the House Judiciary Committee. If they are granted asylum by a U.S. judge, they will be welcomed into America.

Since Mexico will not accept non-Mexican migrants returned by the United States, US officials are forced to register those people, either charging them with illegal entry or recording their asylum requests. It does not apply to children traveling alone or to Mexican asylum seekers. Nielsen said on Thursday that Jesus, Mary and Joseph would have been eligible for asylum in the United States.

Under the agreement between the two countries, "catch and release" will now be replaced with "catch and return", Nielsen said. As well, the demographics have changed compared to the 1980s and 1990s, with a greater share of migrants comprising Central American families and unaccompanied children rather than Mexicans.

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To implement this change, the United States invoked Section 235 (b)(2)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. "We had a lot of thought and legal review of this and are confident we are on firm ground".

"Make no mistake - Mexico is not a safe country for all people seeking protection", said Amnesty International Executive Director Margaret Huang. "[This] will solve the problem we've had of folks coming into the United States, claiming asylum and then disappearing into the country".

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