Metering Update: August 2019   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "In the summer of 2018, CBP [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] officers began to be stationed at the United States' international boundary with Mexico to inform arriving asylum seekers that U.S. ports of entry were full and that they needed to wait their turn in Mexico. Simultaneously, these CBP officials accepted limited numbers of asylum seekers a day--in a process known as metering--often communicating directly with Mexican officials regarding these numbers. As lines of asylum seekers grew longer in border cities, Mexican authorities and civil society groups responded by providing humanitarian assistance and creating informal waitlists. [...] [S]ince May 2019, asylum seekers have continued to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border, Mexican responses have evolved, and U.S. policy has continued to shift. [...] Over the past three months, the Trump administration has taken additional steps to curb migration and the number of asylum seekers arriving at the border. On July 15, the Trump administration created a new 'interim rule' to bar asylum seekers who pass through any country before arriving to the United States. Less than two weeks later, this latest policy was blocked by a California court. [...] This August metering update estimates that there are currently around 26,000 asylum seekers on waitlists or waiting to get on these waitlists in 12 Mexican border cities. This is an increase of 40 percent since May 2019, with the biggest increases in the number of asylum seekers occurring in Tijuana, Reynosa, and Ciudad Juárez."

Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law; Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies
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