The Washington Post reports that asylum seekers are being denied at the border with Mexico. Some legal observers claim the the denial of "hundreds" of asylum seekers in recent months is due to an unspoken shift in policy. CBP maintains that nothing has changed in policy, and that any "'abuse'" is not tolerated. Some migrants have been told that the daily quota for asylum seekers has been met or that a visa is required for asylum, both of which are false. The article also explains that large numbers of Haitians seeking asylum in the US at the Tijuana crossing and lack of coordination with Mexican officials have slowed the intake process to a halt for Latin American asylum seekers. Our Verdict: While it's impossible to speculate, we note that the union for CBP officials endorsed President-Elect Trump in the election, an unprecedented move. The evidence is anecdotal right now, but we applaud efforts by advocacy groups to bring attention and relief to the plight of the hundreds seemingly trapped in transit. It also appears Mexican immigration officials may share some of the blame.
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