‘Caravan’ invaders to remain in Mexico while U.S. considers their asylum applications

‘Caravan’ invaders to remain in Mexico while U.S. considers their asylum applications

Fellowships of the Minds by Dr. Eowyn

In the past, political asylum applicants are often detained in the U.S. while their petitions move through the system. Because of the large caseload, lengthy backlog, and a shortage of detention space, many are given a court date and released.

President Trump has repeatedly denounced this de facto policy of “catch and release” and is doing something about it.

“Migrants” who seek to enter the United States from Mexico and ask for asylum, whether or not they present themselves to U.S. authorities at a legal port of entry, will be returned to Mexico while their claims are being processed by the U.S. government.

Molly O’Toole reports for the Los Angeles Times that on Jan. 3, 2018, the Trump administration and Mexico’s government announced that thousands of “caravan migrants” seeking asylum in the U.S. will be forced to wait in Mexico while their cases are considered – a process that can often take well over a year.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement that “catch and release” will be replaced with “catch and return,” and hailed the policy change as a historic measure that would “bring the illegal immigration crisis under control”[…]

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