The number of asylum seekers on wait lists in Mexican border cities or those waiting to get on these lists has grown to 18,700, according to a new report.
The report produced by the University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy's Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and the University of Texas at Austin's Robert Strauss Center reveals the number of asylum-seekers has grown by more than 14,000 in just over the last three months. It also reveals wait times are longer than ever before, averaging about one month, and asylum seekers are arriving to an increasing number of cities.
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Authors of the report began studying the issue in fall 2018, only a few months after Customs and Border Protection officials were stationed along the United States' international boundary with Mexico. In a process known as "metering," the officials tell arriving asylum seekers that U.S. ports are full and that they need to wait their turn in Mexico, while simultaneously accepting limited numbers of asylum seekers per day for processing. In response to the growing number of asylum seekers in border cities, Mexican authorities created informal wait lists.
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