Metering Update: May 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 tell 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 in border cities, Mexican authorities and civil society groups responded by providing humanitarian assistance and creating informal waitlists. [...] This update estimates that there are currently more than 18,700 asylum seekers on waitlists in Mexican border cities or waiting to get on these waitlists. This is an increase from the 6,000 that were documented in November 2018, after a Honduran migrant caravan arrived in Tijuana, Baja California, and the 5,000 in February 2019, after another Honduran migrant caravan arrived in Piedras Negras, Coahuila."

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