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US Expands 'Remain in Mexico' to Dangerous Part of Border

The U.S. government on Friday expanded its policy requiring asylum-seekers to wait outside the country to one of Mexico's most dangerous cities, where thousands of people are already camped, some for several months.The Department of Homeland Security said Friday that it would implement its Migrant Protection Protocols in Brownsville, Texas, across the border from Matamoros, Mexico. DHS says it anticipates the first asylum-seekers will be sent back to Mexico starting Friday.Under the so-called Remain in Mexico policy, asylum-seekers are briefly processed and given a date to return for an immigration court hearing before being sent back across the southern border. Since January, the policy has been implemented at several border cities including San Diego and El Paso, Texas.The U.S. is trying to curtail the large flow of Central American migrants passing through Mexico to seek asylum under American law. The Trump administration has pressured Mexico to crack down on migrants, threatening earlier this year to impose crippling tariffs until both sides agreed on new measures targeting migration.Matamoros Matamoros is at the eastern edge of the U.S.-Mexico border in Tamaulipas state, where organized crime gangs are dominant and the U.S. government warns citizens not to visit due to violence and kidnappings.FILE - Asylum-seekers line up for a meal provided by volunteers as they wait in a makeshift migrant camp near the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, June 29, 2019.The city is also near where a Salvadoran father and his 23-month-old daughter were found drowned in the Rio Grande, in photos that were shared around the world.Many people have slept for the last several months in a makeshift camp near one of the international bridges, including families with young children. Thousands more stay in hotels, shelters, or boarding houses. Only a few migrants daily have been allowed to seek asylum under... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, US Expands 'Remain in Mexico' to Dangerous Part of Border, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you US Expands 'Remain in Mexico' to Dangerous Part of Border

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Friday, 19 July

 

 

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