Crossing the Line
35 images Created 20 Jun 2019
In late 2018, migrants seeking asylum from Central America, Cuba and Mexico began to be turned back at ports of entry and made to wait on the Mexican side of the border to make their asylum claims by number, or the "Metering Policy." In the El Paso sector, the number of Family Unit Apprehensions has increased by 200% since May of 2018, as the list of migrants waiting to make asylum claims under the "Metering Policy" has reached almost 20,000. As 2019 rolls on migrants are being returned to Mexico under a new policy called "Migrant Protection Protocols" or Remain in Mexico, in which they must await their court hearings in Mexico, a process which can last months to years. In the El Paso sector, migrants waiting in Juarez under MPP face the toughest asylum court process in the country.