First group of asylum seekers crosses U.S. border under President Biden’s immigration reforms

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TIJUANA, 20 February, 2021 (TON): On Friday, the first group of people seeking asylum crossed the U.S. border under the President Biden’s immigration reforms, while thousands waited in Mexico in the hope of letting in.   

Tens of thousands of non-Mexican asylum seeker mostly from Central America were sent back over the border pending the outcome of their applications under the former U.S. administration’s “Remain in Mexico.”

Biden’s administration moved quickly to start dismantling the controversial policy, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), with a first stage that began on Friday.

According to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), there are approximately 25,000 active cases. Mexico says 6,000 remain on its territory.


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