Asylum-seekers in Mexico granted entry to U.S.

Posted at 3:32 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 15:32:38-05

At least 25 migrants who were waiting in Mexico for months while seeking asylum have been allowed into the United States.

This video released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows the asylum-seekers being processed at the San Ysidro port of entry in California on Friday.

They tested negative for COVID-19 in Mexico and after being processed they were taken on buses to hotels in San Diego to quarantine before they can travel to their final destinations in the U.S.

This is part of the Biden administration's plan to reverse the Trump administration's policy known as the "Remain in Mexico" program which required asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico until their immigration hearings were held in the U.S.

Later this month more asylum-seekers will be allowed to enter the U.S. through two Texas ports of entry in Brownsville and El Paso.

Some 25,000 people have active cases under the old "Remain in Mexico" program.