US releases 25 asylum seekers into country, repudiating Trump policy

US releases 25 asylum seekers into country, repudiating Trump policy

The Guardian

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Move is milestone in undoing ‘Remain in Mexico’ program, which forced those seeking US entry to wait outside border

The US government on Friday released 25 asylum seekers into the country with notices to appear in court, marking a milestone in unraveling a key immigration policy of Donald Trump.

The asylum seekers were enrolled in Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program, which forced people seeking protection in the US to wait south of the border until their court hearings. They tested negative for Covid-19 in Mexico and were taken to San Diego hotels to quarantine before taking a plane or bus to their final destinations in the US, said Michael Hopkins, chief executive officer of Jewish Family Service of San Diego, which is playing a critical support role.

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