Migrants reach U.S.-Mexico border with hopes of being granted asylum


Migrants arrived at the Gateway to Americas International Bridge at the Mexico-U.S. border in the early hours of Monday as they continued the process of seeking asylum.

The migrants, who will have their hearings in tent courts, are part of a group of asylum seekers who are being forced to wait in Mexico while their applications are processed.

Under the “Remain” program, more than 40,000 migrants have been told to wait for immigration court dates in Mexico.

Many are in border cities known for kidnapping and extortion.

Noel García, a Cuban migrant, said he hopes he’s granted asylum.

“I’m waiting for them to make the right decision because we came traveling from country to country in order to arrive here,” he said.

The program — officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols — was instituted by the US and Mexico as a way of deterring migrants from crossing the border to seek asylum.

Mexico has cooperated with the expansion of the program at the behest of US President Donald Trump, who threatened crippling tariffs in June if Mexico did not do more to stop migrants.

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