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January 29, 2020

One year into 'Remain in Mexico' policy, migrants confront danger and instability
By Daniella Silva


This week marks the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the "Remain in Mexico" policy, and advocates say the rule has put tens of thousands of asylum-seekers in harmís way while making it more difficult for them to access protection in the U.S. Nearly 60,000 people have been put under the program since it began on the border separating Tijuana from San Diego, according to data through December obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, at Syracuse University. According to the data released by TRAC, only 2,765 of the 59,241 migrants under the program had received representation. Nearly 30,000 cases remain pending, but only 187 have been granted relief, according to the data. More than 19,000 have been given removal orders while another 9,000 had their proceedings terminated. Asylum is already a difficult form of relief to win, with recent data showing only a 20 percent approval rate.


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