Mexico Reports Decrease In U.S. Asylum Seekers At The Border

Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 8:20am
Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 8:21am
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Asylum seekers wait their turn to cross into the U.S. from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and speak with a Customs and Border Protection interviewer.

MEXICO CITY — Thousands of asylum seekers are forced to wait on the Mexican side of the border under the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program. Mexican authorities say they will keep helping that population, as the numbers continue to decrease.

Mexico’s secretary of foreign affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, says the average number of asylum seekers sent back by the U.S. has decreased since the “Remain in Mexico” program was implemented at the start of 2019.

Ebrard says the number of asylum-seekers in the program peaked at about 50,000. That number has dropped to 2,500 this month.

Two shelters were built in the border cities of Tijuana and Juárez to attend to those migrants. 

The secretary says Mexico will continue helping asylum-seekers to protect them from deportation and guarantee their right to hold an audience in the U.S.

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