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Thousands of caravan migrants in limbo awaiting Mexico asylum

Thousands of caravan migrants in limbo awaiting Mexico asylum

Mexican officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday.

He said the US government wants to "gradually" extend the practice to the rest of the border crossing points.

"This policy goes against the moral and legal obligations this country has to offer safe harbor to those seeking safety from persecution", Archi Pyati, chief of policy at the Tahirih Justice Center, said in a statement.

Trump's administration, which has described Central American migrants as a danger, says it is relying on a USA law that allows migrants attempting to enter the United States from a contiguous country to be removed to that country.

TIJUANA/MEXICO CITY, Mexico-The United States was expected to send a first group of 20 Central American asylum seekers back to Mexico through the border city of Tijuana on January 25, as part of President Donald Trump's hardening of longstanding immigration policy.

"If it is a very small scale, it would not be significant", Guillén said.

A migrant diagnosed as having a flesh-eating bacteria has been detained at the US-Mexico border.

The policy will be rolled out at San Diego's San Ysidro border crossing, the nation's busiest, a senior official with U.S. Customs and Border Protection tells NPR. Instead, they will wait for an immigration court decision while they are in Mexico.

Under a policy dubbed the Migrant Protection Protocols, announced on December 20, the United States will return non-Mexican migrants who cross the US southern border back to Mexico while their asylum requests are processed in USA immigration courts. They will receive a notice to appear in court and a toll-free number to call for status updates.

Mexican Foreign Ministry spokesman Roberto Velasco said the U.S. was expected to send the first group of 20 asylum seekers back to its territory later on Friday through Tijuana. The Trump administration believes numerous claims are invalid.

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The United States will return 20 Central American asylum seekers to Tijuana through the San Ysidro, Calif., port of entry in the next few days.

Illegal crossings at the southern border have dropped dramatically since highs reached in previous decades, but in recent years more families and unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala are migrating to the United States and asylum applications have ballooned.

Non-Mexican asylum-seekers will now be required to wait in Mexico as their cases go through the USA courts, according to The Associated Press.

The next month, Mexico said it would give temporary humanitarian visas to people seeking US asylum while their cases are settled and they could seek permission to work in Mexico.

Asylum seekers are typically granted the right to stay in the United States while their cases are decided by a US immigration judge, but a backlog of more than 800,000 cases means the process can take years.

"If there are returns of families", Velasco said, "that issue will have to be considered separately". "That will cause the majority to lose their cases even if they qualify under the law". Many stayed on illegally in the USA either after an adverse ruling on their case or just not showing up to their immigration court date, as the process can take months or even years.

The Mexican government has suggested it will support the Remain in Mexico policy, partly by allowing migrants to get jobs in Northern Mexico.

Dubbed the "Migrant Protection Protocols", the policy was first announced by US President Donald Trump's administration on December 20. Other major changes have been blocked in court, including a ban on seeking asylum by people who cross the border illegally from Mexico and dismissing domestic and gang violence as grounds for asylum.

They are also unable to cope with an expected influx of asylum seekers due to be dispatched to the city from the United States.