President Trump's border security chief touted the fourth consecutive month of lower numbers of apprehensions along the U.S. -Mexico border in September, but he also revealed that arrests of border-crossing migrants approached 1 million over the past 12 months.
Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan says 71 miles of border wall are complete with 164 miles under construction; William La Jeunesse reports from Los Angeles.
Castro walked with the group and their lawyers, along with a deaf woman and her three relatives, across the worldwide bridge and asked Customs and Border Protection to allow them in, claiming an exemption to the MPP because of their status.
But Morgan said that CBP has enrolled more than 51,000 migrants in MPP and said they receive protection and permission to work while in Mexico.
"Ten years in detention is better than a day here", Mari's partner, Dany, 22, told the newspaper.
"With MPP, migrants are receiving due process and protection while the United States is restoring integrity to our immigration system", he said. They had been waiting under President Donald Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy.
Marrero Hi said the vulnerable gay and lesbian asylum seekers have waited in Mexico for months.
More than 42,000 people have been returned to Mexico since MPP took effect in January. It was later revealed they had been sent back to wait for their cases to be processed.
The border security also cited the "asylum cooperation agreements" the USA has reached with all three countries in Central America's Northern Triangle: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. "You have no notice that you should even be talking about your fear of return to Mexico".
The Texas Civil Rights Project asserted that its clients were in CBP custody for a total of three hours, "which means that each person had less than 15 minutes for their non-refoulement interviews". Among them was a migrant with a physical disability accompanied by family members, and members of the LGBTQ community who have been persecuted, subjected to violence and are experiencing trauma, he said.
"Everyone on the ground here knows it, and now we can prove it".
The administration's ban on asylum seekers from countries other than Mexico has been partially blocked and reinstated multiple times by federal courts.
The issue with the policy, however - aside from it being illegal - is that returning to the US isn't as easy as it sounds.