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February 29, 2020

Court reverses own decision on Trump’s policy to require migrants to wait for asylum in Mexico

The “Remain in Mexico” policy, known officially as “Migrant Protection Protocols,” took effect a year ago in San Diego and gradually spread across the southern border. 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. Officials believe the policy is a big reason why illegal border crossings plummeted about 80 percent from a 13-year high in May. While advocates say the rule has put tens of thousands of asylum-seekers in harm’s way while making it more difficult for them to access protection in the U.S.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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