Asylum seekers say they fear return to Mexico under new US policy

March 20th, 2019

Several asylum seekers who are being forced to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through US immigration court told a judge on Tuesday that they are afraid to return to Mexico as they await their next hearing – a development that introduces a new wrinkle to a major US policy shift.

The seven cases being heard in a downtown San Diego courtroom are among the first to advance under the Trump administration policy that calls for people seeking asylum in the US to be held in Mexico.

The initial appearances came three days before a federal judge in San Francisco is set to hear arguments by advocacy groups to halt the policy.

Attorney Robyn Barnard asked for access – at least by telephone – to any interviews conducted with her Honduran client with US officials about whether his fears of returning to Mexico are well-founded.

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