Border Officials Force Asylum Seekers to Wait in Mexico

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U.S. border officials finalized plans Thursday to require asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their cases are considered in the United States, The Los Angeles Times reports. Border officers were set to start pushing asylum applicants back across the border as soon as orders became operational on Friday, beginning at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, a Homeland Security official said on condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning. Until now, most migrants seeking asylum were released from detention into the United States while awaiting a court hearing, a process that can take years because of backlogs.

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