U.S. apprehensions of undocumented immigrants entering the United States illegally has dropped for the fourth consecutive month, Acting Customs and Border Protections (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan said during a press briefing on Tuesday.
"As soon as the reporters left to file their stories, CBP released the asylum seekers back into Mexico, where they face persecution in an open-air encampment where thousands from countries the US has destabilized are forced to survive indefinitely", they continued.
"Ten years in detention is better than a day here", Mari's partner, Dany, 22, told the newspaper.
"There are thousands of migrants who are suffering because of Trump's Remain in Mexico policy", Castro said in a phone interview with NBC News. "If these people - LGBTQ migrants who have been assaulted for who they are in the camps, disabled people, children - do not meet the criteria for "vulnerable populations, ' then the "vulnerable" exemptions in 'Remain in Mexico" are lip service".
As of August, for instance, none of the 1,200 migrants who were waiting in Mexico for asylum in the USA had been found to be eligible.
In September, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a controversial new rule to take effect, one that could curtail most asylum applications at the border while the court battle over its merits continues. MPP is now facing legal challenges, as well as objections from activists that the protocols involves migrants being sent back to potentially risky areas where they can be attacked by smugglers and gangs. The vast majority of arrivals over the past year came from Central American countries that lack robust systems for processing asylum seekers - Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the data shows.
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"We just heard the awful news that all 12 of our clients escorted by [Castro] were sent back to Mexico", the organization said. Among them was a migrant with a physical disability accompanied by family members, and members of the LGBTQ community who have been persecuted, subjected to violence and are experiencing trauma, he said.
"We know how to do this", Castro said.
The administration has ordered the expulsion of any asylum seekers back to Mexico, and is fighting a court injunction blocking the implementation of that order.
Morgan was effusive in his praise for the Mexican government's efforts to help the Trump administration deter migrants.
The issue with the policy, however - aside from it being illegal - is that returning to the USA isn't as easy as it sounds.