Through this point, illegal migrants who have asked for asylum in the United States will be sent to Mexico.
The Department of homeland security on Thursday announced the opening of a point in Arizona through which illegal migrants who have applied for asylum in the United States will be sent to Mexico. Asylum-seekers, in accordance with the protocols for the protection of migrants signed by Washington and Mexico City, will remain on Mexican territory for the duration of their asylum request.
The migrant return point is located in Nogales, a border town South of Tucson, Arizona. The Nogales point is the seventh point organized as part of the implementation of the protocols for the protection of migrants. Previously, illegal immigrants detained in the Tucson sector were transported to Mexico through a point in El Paso, Texas.
All migrants who illegally crossed the border between Mexico and the United States and asked for asylum in the United States, according to the protocols, are now returning to the territory of Mexico, pending the decision of the immigration court. Implementation of this program began in January 2019 under a law passed by Congress in 1996 on a bipartisan basis. To date, more than 56 thousand illegal migrants have been returned to Mexico, who are waiting for their case to be heard in immigration courts.
Transfer points for illegal migrants now operate at border crossings in San Diego, Calexico, El Paso, Laredo, Brownsville, and Eagle Pass.