Trump’s Plan To Deter Asylum Seekers Creates A New Border Crisis (HBO)

Last Tuesday morning, Catardo Gómez stepped from the United States into Mexico, looked around briefly in confusion, and was immediately swarmed by microphones and cameras.

He’d made history simply by walking onto the other side of El Chaparral, a pedestrian border crossing connecting San Diego with Tijuana. Gómez was the first migrant sent back under a new Trump administration program, called the Migrant Protection Protocol, which requires asylum seekers to wait out their cases in Mexico instead of the U.S.

“I’m going straight to the place where I’m staying,” Gómez told the scrum of reporters before being hustled into a van by Mexican immigration agents. “I’m tired.”

Soon, more migrants from Central America like Gómez will be forced to make the trek back over the border as they wait for their asylum cases, which the US is required by domestic and international law to hear in full before it deports asylum seekers back to their home countries. If the program is fully implemented, the implications could be massive.

Most asylum seekers who enter the U.S. through the southern border, either by presenting themselves at a port of entry or crossing illegally and surrendering to Border Patrol agents, wait in the United States while their asylum cases proceed through the severely backlogged immigration court system, which can take months or years.

But now, a growing number will be forced to wait out the process in Mexican border cities, which are often beset by the same problems of violence and poverty that migrants fled in the first place. Some are likely to give up and return home as a result, and both supporters and critics of the program say such a deterrent effect is part of its design.

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Migrants arrested in Arizona after crossing border

(18 Jan 2019) The U.S. Border Patrol says a group of 376 Central Americans, nearly all from Guatemala, were arrested Monday after they used seven short holes dug under a border barrier to cross into Arizona. (Jan. 18)

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Family lawyers want review of child border death

(19 Dec 2018) Attorneys representing the family of 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in the custody of Border Patrol want and independent review of what led to the child’s death. (Dec. 19)

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Lawmakers want answers after migrant girl’s death

(19 Dec 2018) Lawmakers visited the Border Patrol station in New Mexico where a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl was taken hours before her death and demanded an independent investigation into the response by federal agents. (Dec. 19)

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3 dead after chase, crash near US-Mexico border

(30 Nov 2018) California authorities say three people were killed and eight hurt when a pickup fleeing Border Patrol agents rolled over near the Mexican border. The California Highway Patrol says the crash in Campo happened Thursday on westbound Interstate 8. (Nov. 30)

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Migrants captured after dropping over border wall

(19 Oct 2018) Authorities say large groups of Central America migrants continue to surrender to Border Patrol agents in Arizona, with the arrival of one recent group numbering 108 captured in dramatic video images. (Oct. 19)

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Border Patrol agent suspected in 4 slayings

(17 Sep 2018) A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol is being held on $2.5 million bond, accused of killing at least four women and injuring a fifth who escaped. (Sept. 16)

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Melania Trump pays second visit to the border

US First Lady Melania Trump returns to the US border region for her second trip in a week. She visits a Customs and Border Patrol facility and has a roundtable discussion with Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the US Marshals Service and a local rancher for insights into the situation on the ground.

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