Already stretched, Mexican shelters fret over migrant influx under MPP reboot

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A wide presumption shows a migrant makeshift campy arsenic the Biden medication volition restart a arguable Trump-era borderline programme that forces asylum seekers to hold successful Mexico for U.S. migration hearings, astatine El Chaparral crossing larboard with the U.S., successful Tijuana, Mexico December 2, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Stringer

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MEXICO CITY, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Migrant shelters successful bluish Mexico said connected Thursday they fearfulness they volition beryllium overwhelmed by an influx of asylum seekers adjacent week erstwhile the United States resumes a Trump-era programme to instrumentality them to Mexico.

U.S. President Joe Biden had tried to extremity the argumentation arsenic portion of a much humanitarian attack to migration, but national courts ordered a reboot of the alleged Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which necessitate asylum seekers to hold successful Mexico for U.S. migration hearings. Mexico said Thursday it had agreed to a restart.

The returns volition apt statesman Monday astatine a azygous borderline crossing and yet grow to a full of seven.

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Shelter directors said that could spark an influx of radical to their facilities astatine a clip of grounds migration from Latin America and the Caribbean.

"We are saturated with the accomplishment of Haitians ... Central Americans and hundreds of Mexicans displaced by violence," said Jose Garcia, manager of the Juventud 2000 structure successful Tijuana, 1 of the cities wherever asylum seekers are expected to beryllium sent.

The coronavirus pandemic had already forced him to trim capacity, helium added.

Local officials besides expressed interest astir wherever backing volition travel from to sorb migrants waiting for U.S. hearings.

"The national authorities hasn't notified america that it volition assistance retired with a bigger budget," said Carmen Canturosa, politician of Nuevo Laredo, a borderline metropolis notorious for transgression and violence.

Both U.S. and Mexican officials said the United States volition code Mexico's humanitarian concerns astir the revamped program. Still, rights' advocates accidental the argumentation exposes migrants to superior risks.

"They are returning them to cities that correspond a information to these families owed to transgression and cartel violence," said Fernando Garcia, manager of the Border Network for Human Rights successful El Paso, Texas.

Since the programme began successful 2019, tens of thousands of radical person been sent backmost to Mexican borderline cities, wherever galore waited months and sometimes years successful makeshift camps oregon bare-bones shelters without entree to jobs oregon schools.

Guatemalan migrant Andrea Lopez said it made her bittersweet to deliberation of much asylum seekers being enactment successful her situation. She has spent the past respective months successful an encampment successful Tijuana with her 2 children aft requesting asylum crossed the border.

"We can't adjacent work," she said. "Everything present is precise dangerous."

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Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz, Writing by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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