‘Wait in Mexico’: U.S. government begins returning asylum seekers to Nuevo Laredo

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Lucia Ascencio, of Venezuela, carries a suitcase after she and her husband and two sons were returned to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, as part of the first group of migrants sent back to Mexico’s Tamaulipas state under the so-called Remain in Mexico program for U.S. asylum seekers, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Approximately 10 migrants crossed the border Monday to seek U.S. asylum and were sent back on Tuesday to wait as their applications are processed. (AP Photo/Salvador Gonzalez)

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) – The so-called Remain in Mexico program for U.S. asylum seekers has expanded to another Mexican border city with the arrival of th first group of migrants to Nuevo Laredo.

The approximately 10 migrants crossed the border to seek U.S. asylum on Monday and were sent back on Tuesday to wait as their applications are processed.

The U.S. program known as the Migrant Protection Protocols stems from a lack of space for the influx of mostly Central American asylum-seekers, but the program also acts as a deterrent for applicants who previously were released into the U.S. The program was already operating in Tijuana, Mexicali, and Juarez.

Nuevo Laredo is in Tamaulipas state, which the U.S. State Department warns Americans not to visit due to kidnappings and other crimes.

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