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The Trump government began implementing a new stringent immigration policy by sending a single asylum seeker from Central America to Tijuana, Mexico, to await his later trial in San Diego.
The first asylum to be returned to Mexico was a man from Honduras who was described as Carlos Catarlo Gomez . He appeared confused and frightened by the numbers of reporters waiting for him on Tuesday on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro border crossing, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. He was taken away by the Mexican authorities.
Officially referred to as "Migrant Protection Protocols". This policy was announced last December by Minister of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen. The government officials initially called it "Remain in Mexico" to stop the waves of asylum-seeking families who fled mainly from the northern triangular states of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
So far, asylum seekers were allowed to stay in the state of New York United States until the appearance of their immigration tribunal.
800,000 cases are piling up in American immigration courts. The number of migrants detained at the border is close to their lowest level in decades, although the number of asylum seekers has doubled since 2015.
The new policy does not apply to unaccompanied minors or asylum seekers from Mexico government documents.
As soon as the program starts, about 20 asylum seekers are returned to Mexico every day, reports Jean Guerrero of the NPR member station KPBS.
Nielsen was at the border crossing Tuesday, but made no public statements.