Border wall prototypes demolished in San Diego

Eight prototypes of Donald Trump’s border wall between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico were demolished Wednesday. A large hydraulic jackhammer pounded the concrete and steel panels until the slabs fell into small clouds of dust. (Feb 26)

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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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Parkland victim’s father paints border wall against gun violence

Venezuelan artist Manuel Oliver, whose 17-year-old son Joaquin Oliver was killed during the Parkland school shooting, paints a mural on the US-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, to raise awareness on the gun violence problem in the United States.

Rainfall worsens conditions in migrant shelters near US borders

Heavy rain is pounding the migrant shelter in Tijuana, worsening the already tough conditions in which hundreds of Central Americans live as they wait for the US to grant them asylum.

Migrants waiting in Mexico after border clashes

(28 Nov 2018) Migrants still wait and hope in Mexico following weekend clashes with US border agents. At least 5,000 migrants are camped out in Tijuana. One recounts what happened over the weekend when US border agents fired tear gas into Mexico. (Nov 28)

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Second migrant caravan arrives at US border

Some 500 migrants, members of a second caravan that crossed Mexico with the goal of reaching the US, arrive at a shelter in Tijuana where another 5,200 migrants from a previous caravan have already arrived.

Migrants rest at camp after failed attempt to cross into US

Migrants hang around in a makeshift camp in Tijuana after US border police armed with tear gas and rubber bullets frustrated a failed attempt to cross into the United States. IMAGES