Asylum seekers begin entering US under Biden reforms

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Sat, 2021-02-20 02:48

TIJUANA, Mexico: A first group of 25 asylum seekers crossed the US border Friday under President Joe Biden’s sweeping immigration reforms, while thousands more waited in Mexico hoping that they, too, would be allowed in.
Under former president Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program, tens of thousands of non-Mexican asylum seekers — mostly from Central America — were sent back over the border pending the outcome of their applications.

Migrants stand near the Rio Bravo river in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico before crossing it to turn themselves in to request for asylum in El Paso, Texas on February 5, 2021. (REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File Photo)
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