TIJUANA, Mexico—A whole bunch of migrants crowded the pedestrian border crossing with the U.S. right here Friday morning because the Biden administration let within the first handful who had been pressured to attend in Mexico for his or her asylum claims to be resolved underneath Trump administration coverage.
Biden administration officers had confused in English and Spanish communications that solely individuals contacted forward of time could be allowed in Friday whereas others wanted to register on-line and wait. A San Diego support group working with the returning migrants mentioned they obtained a complete of 25 individuals Friday.
The admissions are a part of President Biden’s reversal of the Trump coverage formally known as Migrant Safety Protocols however commonly known as Remain in Mexico. It required migrants in search of asylum, lots of them households, to attend in Mexican border cities for his or her claims to be resolved, relatively than within the U.S. as had beforehand been the case.
The waits have been extended by the Covid-19 pandemic that closed immigration courts dealing with their claims.
The administration introduced final week that, starting Friday, it will begin permitting some migrants in this system to enter the U.S. The federal government mentioned it’s shifting slowly as a result of permitting in massive numbers of individuals may pose a public-health threat.