U.S. begins enforcing ‘remain in Mexico’ at Arizona border

U.S. begins enforcing ‘remain in Mexico’ at Arizona border
The new Nogales border wall completed in 2015, seen from the U.S. side. Concertina wire was added on the U.S. side in 2018. KGUN 9 video, YouTube

[Ed. – The vast majority don’t qualify for asylum, so it doesn’t make sense to admit them to begin with.  At some point, the media may begin taking an interest again – but their interest is clearly about Trump and the news cycle, and has nothing to do with the migrants themselves.]

U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the first time Thursday began turning around migrants seeking asylum in Arizona and sending them to Nogales, Mexico, to await U.S. court hearings that they now will need to get to on their own.

The move expands the controversial Migrant Protection Protocols or “Remain in Mexico” program, which the U.S. adopted a year ago to deal with a surge of Central American migrants at the southern border. …

Since late November, more than 600 asylum seekers crossing the border near Tucson, Ariz., were transported by U.S. authorities on buses to El Paso, where they were then sent just across the border to Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and assigned court dates often months in the future.

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Now, the migrants returned to Nogales must arrange their own transportation to attend asylum hearings.

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