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Watchdog Group Reveals the Trump Administration Limiting Processing of Asylum Seekers Along Mexican Border

A US government watchdog report published on Saturday revealed how the Trump administration “took deliberate steps” in the year 2018 to limit the number of asylum seekers processed at ports of entry along the Mexican border. The report pointed out this action included stopping processing “virtually all” undocumented immigrants at seven different port locations and even turning away asylum seekers who had already stepped into the nation.

A US government watchdog report published on Saturday revealed how the Trump administration “took deliberate steps” in the year 2018 to limit the number of asylum seekers processed at ports of entry along the Mexican border. 

The report pointed out this action included stopping processing “virtually all” undocumented immigrants at seven different port locations and even turning away asylum seekers who had already stepped into the nation.

The 37-page Inspector General report also revealed that, amid a surge of immigrants attempting to enter the United States from May through June of that year, Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection leadership urged people seeking asylum to lawfully present themselves at ports of entry but didn’t take any step to maximize the agency’s processing capability.

According to the report, seven of the 24 Southwest Borderland ports stopped processing “virtually all” undocumented immigrants including asylum seekers without prior public notice, even though the ports were classified as a “port of entry for all (immigrants).” The ports, which were within the Laredo and San Diego field offices, instead redirected them to other locations.

“We observed CBP officers telling aliens the port was at capacity and did not have the capability to process them, regardless of actual capacity and capability at the time,” the report said.

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