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March 9, 2019

Ruthless cartel violence is driving a wave of Mexican asylum seekers
By Rebecca Plvein and Omar Ornelas

The Trump Administration has taken steps to deter people from seeking asylum. Asylum seekers already endure long waits to make their initial claims at the southern border. In December, the administration announced a plan that will lengthen asylum seekers’ wait in Mexico. The plan, which is being challenged in federal court, requires nearly all people seeking asylum in the U.S. to remain in Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceedings. (Mexicans will still be allowed to wait in the U.S. for their cases to make their way through the courts.) Currently, the average time an immigration case is pending in court is 710 days, or nearly two years, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC.

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