The administration of Donald Trump announced Thursday it will send migrants who cross the southern borders back to Mexico while their cases are pending so they cannot “disappear” on the US soil.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in statement that “aliens trying to game the system to get into our country illegally will no longer be able to disappear into the United States, where many skip their court dates.”
“Instead, they will wait for an immigration court decision while they are in Mexico. ‘Catch and release’ will be replaced with ‘catch and return,'” she added.
The measure is an aggressive response to a large and growing number of Central American asylum seekers, many of them families, who are typically released in the United States while their cases slowly wind through clogged immigration courts.
The announcement came after US courts rebuffed President Trump’s order to deny asylum across the board to tens of thousands of…