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    800 asylum seekers returned to wait in Mexican border city

    Published on August 2, 2019

    The United States government has sent back about 800 migrants, mostly Central American and Cuban, to northern Mexico border city since expanding its controversial “remain in Mexico” program.

    They are among nearly 3,000 people with pending U.S. immigration proceedings who have been sent back to wait in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state.

    Under the program, migrants who turn themselves over to U.S. authorities and requested for asylum are returned to Mexico after being given a court date. To pursue their asylum cases they have to wait in Mexico and would cross only for court dates.

    The program began in January at Tijuana, across from San Diego, and the U.S. government has been expanding it eastward along the border, seeing it as an effective deterrent to the flood of migrants.

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