[Ed. – Don’t worry. Probably fewer than 50% of the 25,000 will make formal entries at border checkpoints and be placed in quarantine hotels. Most are likely to resume the pre-Trump practice of crossing the border illegally.]
The Biden administration moved to restore the asylum system to the way it worked for decades Friday by releasing a group of asylum-seekers into the United States, ending their long wait in Mexico and unraveling one of former President Donald Trump’s signature immigration policies.
The 25 people who arrived are the first of an estimated 25,000 asylum-seekers with active cases in the “Remain in Mexico” program who will now wait in the U.S. for their court hearings instead of south of the border. Wary of a surge of migrants, American officials are warning people not to come to the border and to register on a website that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees launched Friday.
The new arrivals were taken to San Diego hotels to quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic before they travel to their final destinations in the U.S. to stay with relatives, friends or sponsors.
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People also were expected to be let into the country starting Monday in Brownsville, Texas, and next Friday in El Paso, Texas.