There is a new Trump administration policy in place and it was initiated at San Diego’s San Ysidro border crossing on Tuesday. The new policy will force asylum seekers coming from Mexico to wait in that country while their cases go through U.S. immigration courts.
On the first day of the policy, a 55-year-old Honduran man, Carlos Gomez, became the first asylum seeker to be returned to Mexico. Gomez wanted to be taken to a migrant shelter in Tijuana.
The Associated Press called the change “one of the most dramatic changes to the U.S. immigration system of Donald Trump’s presidency.”
What remains to be seen is how the Mexican government will respond. They are sending “mixed signals” on whether or not it will accept families with minor children, according to the AP report. Tonatiuh Guillen is Mexico’s National Immigration Institute commissioner. He has stated that only individuals from 18 to 60 years old will be accepted. But Mexico’s foreign relations secretary spokesman, Roberto Velasco, said families would be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Mexico apparently requested that the policy exclude families with minor children, according to an anonymous official, but the United States has only agreed to begin the policy with single adults, with a possible aim to expand it later.
The AP reported that there is a “sense of confusion” surrounding the policy’s launch:
“The launch is limited to San Diego’s San Ysidro border crossing, the nation’s busiest, though Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan wrote in a memo released Tuesday that it is expected to expand to other crossings “in the near future.” Adding to a sense of confusion, Guillen said Mexico will only allow it at the one crossing that connects San Diego and Tijuana.
Katie Waldman, a Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman, insisted families will be included. A sharp increase in Central American families seeking asylum in the U.S. led to the Trump administration’s dramatic move, and limiting families would diminish the impact.
“It will be expanded across the entire Southwest border, and it will apply to family groups,” Waldman said.”
The United States is currently planning on sending back 20 individuals per day, according to Mexico’s foreign relations secretary. Two anonymous U.S. officials told AP that 100 people per week would be returned during a trial period of up to 90 days.
A memo to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees reportedly indicated that asylum seekers would be interviewed and allowed to stay only if they are “more likely than not” to be tortured or persecuted in Mexico.
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