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U.S. ramps up asylum returns as Mexico tightens immigration controls

16 June 2019
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2019-06-16 13:12

The United States has doubled the number of asylum seekers it sends back each day to Mexico from El Paso, Texas in the first sign of action following a deal struck to avert U.S. tariffs last week. Under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexico agreed on June 7 to expand the programme, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols which forces mostly Central American asylum seekers arriving at the U.S. southern border to await the outcome of their U.S. asylum claims in Mexico.

If enforcement measures are not successful after 45 days, Mexico has also agreed to consider making itself a "safe third country." Asylum seekers who first set foot on Mexican soil would have to apply for refugee status in Mexico instead of in the United States.

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