Asylum Seekers Fear to Return to Mexico and Asked to Remain in the US

Asylum Seekers Fear to Return to Mexico and Asked to Remain in the US

A US judge has been told by a number of asylum seekers who are made to wait in Mexico during their asylum case hearings that they are afraid of returning to Mexico.

Seven asylum cases were heard in San Diego on Tuesday. These asylum seekers were among the first of their kinds affected by Trump’s major policy shift launched in January.

They had earlier appeared before a US immigration court three days before advocacy groups made a case for the enforcement to be stopped before a federal judge in San Francisco.

Access to any interview held with US officials by the asylum seekers about the genuineness of the fears of returning to Mexico has been requested by attorney Robyn Barnard – representing two Honduran men. A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorney said nothing against the request but wants other agencies within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be responsible.

More Families Arrive US Border

The policy to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while they go through US immigration court hearings was launched by the Trump administration on January 29 in San Diego and was extended to Calexico, California last week.

The policy shift is said to be as a result of the arrival of even more El Salvadoran, Honduran and Guatemalan families at the US border.

Since it was launched six weeks ago, it has been gradually introduced with 40 people, on the average, being returned to Tijuana from San Diego per week. The US has reached an agreement with Mexico to return 120 per week.

The entire US-Mexico border will be affected by this policy according to administration officials.

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