Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States will have to wait in Mexico while their cases are reviewed under a new plan called “Remain in Mexico,” The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Asylum seekers have historically been allowed to stay in the U.S. while their cases are processed without fear of being deported. Under the new measures, asylum seekers will have to prove a “reasonable fear” of persecution in Mexico in order to gain entry. The new measure could go into effect as soon as Friday, the report said.
A Mexican official told the paper that under current law, Mexico does not allow those seeking asylum in another country to stay there during the process.
The Post’s report was based on “internal planning documents” and three unnamed officials in the Department of Homeland Security. The paper called the proposal a major break from the current system, where asylum seekers have to establish a fear of returning to their home country. President Donald Trump has called the current system “catch and release.” – READ MORE