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Fingerlakes Times
March 18, 2021

Congressman John Katko takes lead in border debate
By Steve Buchiere

Katko is back in the news again as one of the leading critics of the Biden administration’s handling of hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children attempting to cross the U.S. border. Trump, responding to a massive increase in Central American families and children that peaked in May 2019, expanded his “Remain in Mexico” policy to force asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. It was unquestionably effective at deterring asylum — less than 1% have won their cases, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse — but asylum-seekers were exposed to violence in Mexico, as documented by advocacy group Human Rights First and others. And, attorneys were extremely difficult to find in Mexico.

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