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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:58 PM

Internal memos say administration officials to resume forcing asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved Monday to restart a controversial policy that forces Central American asylum-seekers to return to Mexico to await adjudication of their claims, an approach dubbed “Remain in Mexico.”

The move came after a federal appeals court in California temporarily lifted an injunction on Friday that had blocked the policy.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials told staff at the agency’s main asylum office in Arlington, Va., on Monday to prepare for asylum-seekers to again be sent back across the border, according to emails obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

An internal agency memo on Monday cited Friday’s decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that granted the government’s emergency motion for a stay of a lower court ruling that had blocked the policy. The administration calls the policy “Migrant Protection Protocols.”


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