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Union-Tribune: CBP Agents Altering Asylum Seekers’ Court Documents

In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, photo, Lizbeth poses for a portrait in a relat...

Photo by Gregory Bull / AP Photo

Above: In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, photo, Lizbeth poses for a portrait in a relative's home in Tijuana, Mexico. Lizbeth, a Salvadoran woman seeking asylum in the United States, never thought she would be returned to Mexico to wait for the outcome of her case, after suffering multiple assaults and being kidnapped into prostitution on her journey through Mexico.

Asylum seekers who have concluded their court cases are being returned to Mexico with fake future court dates, keeping some migrants in Mexico indefinitely.

Court records obtained by The San Diego Union-Tribune, show that in at least 14 cases, Customs and Border Protection agents wrote fraudulent court dates on asylum seekers' court documents.

Under the Migrant Protection Protocols policy, also known as the remain in Mexico program, asylum seekers must wait in Mexico while their cases are in progress.

Normally, when migrants conclude their immigration court cases, they are either paroled into the United States or kept in federal custody, depending on the outcome of the case.

RELATED: ACLU Files Suit Over Access To Lawyers For Asylum-Seekers Being Sent Back To Mexico

CBP has not responded to KPBS' request for comment.

Gustavo Solis, a reporter with the Union-Tribune, joined Midday Edition to talk about the impact this is having on migrants being sent back to Mexico.


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