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AZ Mirror
February 9, 2021

In border towns, asylum-seekers call on Biden for immediate action on crisis
By Laura Gómez

As of December 2020, there are 28,455 pending MPP cases — and 12,215 cases are still waiting for their first asylum hearing, according to government data obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data, there have been nearly 400,000 “expulsions” under Title 42 authority since March 2020 through December. The policies, driven by the pandemic and former President Donald Trump’s harsh immigration agenda, have had more than a humanitarian toll on the Mexican side of the border — it has resulted in an uptick in human smuggling of migrants in Arizona and made 2020 one of the most deadly years in the state’s southern region, The Arizona Republic reported.

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