Trump Plan Would Require Asylum-Seekers to Wait in Mexico

The plan, called “Remain in Mexico,” amounts to a major break with current screening procedures…

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(National Post) Central Americans who arrive at U.S. border crossings seeking asylum in the United States will have to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed under sweeping new measures the Trump administration is preparing to implement, according to internal planning documents and three Department of Homeland Security officials familiar with the initiative.

According to DHS memos obtained by The Washington Post on Wednesday, Central American asylum seekers who cannot establish a “reasonable fear” of persecution in Mexico will not be allowed to enter the United States and would be turned around at the border.

The plan, called “Remain in Mexico,” amounts to a major break with current screening procedures, which generally allow those who establish a fear of return to their home countries to avoid immediate deportation and remain in the United States until they can get a hearing with an immigration judge.

Trump despises this system, which he calls “catch and release,” and has vowed to end it.

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Among the thousands of Central American migrants traveling by caravan across Mexico, many hope to apply for asylum due to threats of gang violence or other persecution in their home countries.

They had expected to be able to stay in the United States while their claims move through immigration court.

The new rules would disrupt those plans, and the hopes of other Central Americans who seek asylum in the United States each year…Original Source