DHS Expands Program Of Returning Migrants To Mexico
DHS ANNOUNCS IT HAS RETURNED 240 MIGRANTS TO MEXICO UNDER EXPANDED 'REMAIN IN MEXICO' PROGRAM
(CNN) – Homeland Security agents are telling more asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearings in the U.S.
DHS says, as of Tuesday the U.S. has returned 240 migrants to Mexico under a new expanded version of its ‘migrant protection protocols’ program.
The program is also known as “remain in Mexico.”
Under the plan, DHS returns migrants primarily from Central America to Mexico to wait as they apply for asylum in the U.S.
Monday the department expanded this program from one port of entry to ports along three California areas.
According to DHS it does not apply to Mexican citizens and unaccompanied minors.
The expansion comes as immigrant advocacy groups continue to fight against the program in court.
In February, the advocacy groups asked a federal judge for a restraining order that would block DHS from forcing asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while their cases are pending in the U.S.