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January 14, 2020

1 big thing: Trump's big wall win
By Mike Allen

Over the past few months, the Trump administration has begun implementing its asylum agreements with Central American nations, which could help keep asylum seekers out of the U.S. They're sending Hondurans to Guatemala — the origin nation for the highest number of migrants who reached the U.S. border last year. Officials could begin kicking Mexican, Central American and South American asylum seekers to Honduras or El Salvador as well. More than 50,000 Central American asylum seekers have already been forced to wait out their legal cases in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols— "Remain in Mexico." The program is expected to expand. Between the lines: Even the thousands who wait out their time in Mexico for a chance at asylum face steep odds of gaining legal passage into the U.S. So far, just 117 people covered by MPP since January of last year have been granted asylum by an immigration judge, according to data collected by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. More than 15,000 have been given orders of removal. The bottom line: The number of people crossing the border fell for the seventh straight month in December.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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