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Pacific Standard
November 21, 2018

Americans Who Fear the Migrant Caravan Don't Meet Very Many Immigrants
By Massoud Hayoun

Since the Trump administration assumed power, Tijuana has seen a surge in its existing migrant population, traditionally received with relative compassion by Tijuana residents and a number of civil society organizations and shelters that offer migrants services. Many of the new migrants—thousands of which are from faraway Haiti—arrived at the border attempting to seek asylum in the U.S. before the Trump administration's enactment of the anti-immigrant policies that Trump had promised on the campaign trail. Others arrived there after being deported from the U.S. Recent figures from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse show that, in the 2018 fiscal year, the Trump administration's immigration enforcement started the largest number of deportation proceedings on record, with 287,741 cases opened. The majority of those cases were against people of Mexican origin.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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