Only 20 asylum seekers a day to cross Tijuana-San Diego border

January 25, 2019 11:22 pm18 commentsViews: 97

Beginning Friday only 20 migrants a day will be able to claim asylum crossing Mexico’s busiest border connecting Tijuana to San Diego instead of 100.

Earlier today the Trump administration implemented its Migrant Protection Protocol to force asylum seekers stay in Mexico and wait for their US immigration court hearings.

US said Mexico to be processing just 20 immigrants a day beginning January 25 at the San Ysidro port of entry.

Texas-based immigration attorney Ruby Powers said, “Accepting merely 20 people a day through the metering process at the San Ysidro port of entry is a sharp reduction from the past… It will continue to exacerbate an already intense backlog of asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico.”

Powers volunteers in the border city and added that shelters in Tijuana are currently at capacity.

Immigration Justice Campaign attorney Katie Shepherd said there won’t be enough resources in the border city for the asylum seekers.

Shepherd added, “Availability of legal services, housing, and other basic necessities is extremely limited in Tijuana.. This policy will lead to catastrophic results for vulnerable asylum-seeking families.”

Meanwhile, Al Otro Lado, Inc. v. Nielsen, has challenged the practice of Trump administration to limiting number of asylum seekers claiming the officials have adopted a formal policy to restrict access to asylum process at the entry ports.

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