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USA: 'Tent courts' along Texas' Southern border start receiving asylum applications

United States, Laredo
September 17, 2019 at 12:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

Makeshift 'tent' courthouses, in which asylum applications will be heard via video link to a judge, opened on Monday along Texas' Southern border with Mexico.

These 'tent courts', such as the one in Laredo, Webb County, mark the latest in the US administration's controversial asylum policy. Thousands of migrants have been waiting in Mexico until their cases are heard due to the US government's 'Migrant Protection Policy', also known as the 'Remain in Mexico' programme. The policy sees potential migrant seekers sent back across the Sourthern border as opposed to waiting for their hearings in the US.

Texan Senator, Democrat Henry Cuellar noted that "about 50% people of [these] people actually don't come back for their asylum", adding that this tends to be Central Americans. The ones who tend to remain are "the people from Cuba, Africa, Venezuelans, people that have travelled a long way."

Chairman of the Webb county Republican party, William Young blames congress for issues with asylum policy, as opposed to the agencies who carry it out.

"All the authority in immigration law, everybody claims CBP [US Customs and Border Protection], ICE [US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement], all they are doing is enforcing the laws that congress passed", he said before adding, "Comprehensive immigration reform has to be passed by congress and as of right now, congress hasn't done anything about anything."

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Makeshift 'tent' courthouses, in which asylum applications will be heard via video link to a judge, opened on Monday along Texas' Southern border with Mexico.

These 'tent courts', such as the one in Laredo, Webb County, mark the latest in the US administration's controversial asylum policy. Thousands of migrants have been waiting in Mexico until their cases are heard due to the US government's 'Migrant Protection Policy', also known as the 'Remain in Mexico' programme. The policy sees potential migrant seekers sent back across the Sourthern border as opposed to waiting for their hearings in the US.

Texan Senator, Democrat Henry Cuellar noted that "about 50% people of [these] people actually don't come back for their asylum", adding that this tends to be Central Americans. The ones who tend to remain are "the people from Cuba, Africa, Venezuelans, people that have travelled a long way."

Chairman of the Webb county Republican party, William Young blames congress for issues with asylum policy, as opposed to the agencies who carry it out.

"All the authority in immigration law, everybody claims CBP [US Customs and Border Protection], ICE [US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement], all they are doing is enforcing the laws that congress passed", he said before adding, "Comprehensive immigration reform has to be passed by congress and as of right now, congress hasn't done anything about anything."

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