TIJUANA/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The United States sent the first Central American asylum seeker back to Mexico through a crossing at the border city of Tijuana on Tuesday as part of a hardened immigration policy, an official at Mexico’s national migration institute said. A Honduran man, who is the first Central American asylum seeker to be sent back to Mexico by the U.S., exits a border crossing gate, in Tijuana, Mexico, January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Reuters TV The return of a Honduran man was carried out under a U.S. policy dubbed the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) by which the United States will return non-Mexican migrants who cross the U.S. southern border back to Mexico while their asylum requests are processed in U.S. immigration courts. The United States is not expected to send any other Central American migrants to Mexico on Tuesday, said the Mexican immigration official, who asked not to be identified. A U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman confirmed earlier in the day that the United States would begin sending migrants back to Mexico on Tuesday. Mexican officials had initially expected the transfers to begin on Friday. Asylum seekers have traditionally been granted the right to stay in the United… Read full this story
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