Asylum Seekers Waiting in Mexico Return to U.S. for Hearings

HeadlineMar 20, 2019

In more immigration news, asylum seekers who were sent back to Mexico by the Trump administration while they awaited legal proceedings returned to the U.S. Tuesday for their first hearings. Lawyers for the migrants are requesting their clients be allowed to remain in the U.S. while their cases proceed. This is attorney Robyn Barnard from the group Human Rights First.

Robyn Barnard: “We have evidence about the dangers that asylum seekers and refugees face in Mexico, in this part of Mexico, as well, so we plan to present that to the judge and to the government today to say that’s the reason why they shouldn’t be sent back to fight their case from Tijuana.”

According to U.S. officials, around 240 migrants who entered the U.S. since late January have been sent back to Mexico under the controversial policy as their asylum requests are processed.

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