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10% of migrants and asylum seekers waiting in Mexico are caught crossing illegally.

Almost 60,000 asylum seekers and other migrants have been pushed to Mexico to wait for their US immigration court dates. In Mexico, these mostly-Central American asylum seekers often live in tents with no sanitation, and fear for their safety. Because of this, roughly 1 in 10 asylum seekers part of the “Remain in Mexico” program are caught crossing the border outside of a port of entry or otherwise illegally. Advocates argue that forcing asylum seekers to face deadly conditions for months is the cause. If they have a particular fear, asylum seekers can ask to remain in the U.S. during their court case and not be a part of the program. However, in reality, less than 1% of asylum seekers are granted reprieve from the program.

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