US sends first Central American asylum seeker to Mexico under new policy

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The chaotic scene of one Honduran migrant stepping foot on Mexican soil Tuesday marked the beginning of a major change in U.S. policy.

It was unclear how many others would follow.

Until now, asylum-seekers were allowed to remain inside the US, pending their immigration court appearances. The US embassy in Mexico City confirmed in a statement that Washington had begun implementing the new policy, Trump's latest bid to curb illegal immigration.

The policy's official debut at the San Ysidro Port of Entry came as Nielsen visited the port. "Whoever wants to work can work wherever, not just in the United States".

Figueroa said that man carried a Mexican humanitarian visa and had an appointment to return to the United States to continue the asylum process. However, Mexico's foreign relations secretary spokesman, Roberto Velasco, said families would be considered on a case-by-case basis. His name was not available.

It's expected to face legal challenges.

Carlos Catarlo Gomez, an asylum-seeker from Honduras, returns to Mexico from the United States while his case is processed.

The action by San Diego takes place as the Trump Administration has argued for a wall across the southern United States border to stop the flow of migrants coming into the country. Chief among them: How will it actually play out on the ground?

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The United States is not expected to send any other Central American migrants to Mexico on Tuesday, said a Mexican immigration official, who asked not to be identified.

The Mexican government has said repeatedly that it disagrees with the policy, which officials argue is being imposed on the country by the United States.

TIJUANA, MEXICO - APRIL 29: People hold a Honduran flag and look into the United States from atop a section of border fence as members of a caravan of Central American asylum seekers arrive to a rally on April 29, 2018 in Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico.

As dawn breaks at an outdoor sports stadium here, Mexican Marines are busy cooking beef, eggs and beans for the 2,673 migrants that have arrived here, according to officials.

Here they have the option - but are not required - to officially register in Mexico and seek temporary asylum for up to one year. If they are not, they will be returned to Mexico.

The migrant, a Honduran man, was sent back over the border under the Trump administration's new policy requiring some asylum seekers to remain in Mexico instead of the US while their immigration cases play out.

Hours after the first group had crossed Tuesday morning, another group of about 45 asylum seekers was still waiting on the Mexican side of the border to be processed Tuesday afternoon.



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