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Thu Mar 21, 2019, 04:52 PM

For asylum seekers in Mexico, U.S. judge asks, 'How does the court serve them?'

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS MARCH 21, 2019 / 1:01 AM / UPDATED 7 HOURS AGO

For asylum seekers in Mexico, U.S. judge asks, 'How does the court serve them?'

Jose Gallego Espina, Julio-Cesar Chavez
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SAN DIEGO/EL PASO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday questioned how the government would be able to properly attend to Central American asylum seekers forced to live in Mexico while their claims are processed, on the same day the government expanded the program to El Paso.

The program is a key part of measures by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to curb the flow of mostly Central American migrants trying to enter the United States.

Critics say it violates U.S. law and international norms as migrants are sent back to often dangerous towns in Mexico, where it is difficult to keep track of their U.S. court dates and to find legal help.

On the second day of hearings under the program, known as Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), Judge Jonathan Simpson at a San Diego courthouse repeatedly asked the government’s attorney how to handle cases of applicants told to wait for their U.S. court dates in Mexican border towns.

“How does the court serve them if we do not have an address?” Simpson asked, after saying he was concerned whether the government could serve notices for court appearances to migrants in Mexico.

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