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Migrants Held in Cramped Cells for 2.5 Weeks After Asylum Hearings as Part of “Remain in Mexico” Plan

HeadlineJun 11, 2019

In immigration news, a group of migrants told The San Diego Union-Tribune they were held for 18 days in cramped, tiny port-of-entry holding cells in San Ysidro after attending court hearings on their asylum cases. The group is part of Trump’s controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy, which sends asylum seekers who entered the U.S. via the southern border back to Mexico while their cases make their way through U.S. immigration courts. The imprisoned migrants were reportedly only allowed to leave for 20 minutes each day to eat, and had to wear the same clothes for two-and-a-half straight weeks. The detention facilities are intended for stays of just several days.

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