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December 20, 2019

US is sending migrants back to Mexico. Thousands have missed a court date
By Priscilla Alvarez

The whereabouts of thousands of migrants waiting in Mexico for their upcoming court date in the United States is unknown, according to attorney accounts and data analyzed by CNN. Nearly 55,000 migrants, many of whom are from Central America, have been sent back to Mexico as part of a Trump administration policy that requires them to wait there until their court date in the United States. An individual's presence at their court date is one of the few accounting mechanisms for the population of people who have fallen under the policy. But as those dates approach, many migrants -- often times, waiting in perilous conditions in Mexico -- aren't showing up, highlighting in part the untenable conditions along the southern border. Half of the people waiting in Mexico for a scheduled court date were not present at their last hearing, according to data from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks immigration court data. To compare, nearly 90 percent of immigrants who are in the US attended their court hearing, TRAC found.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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