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Remain in Mexico policy causing confusion

People who live in Arizona and any other border state by nature may feel especially concerned about and interested in the seemingly tumultuous world of United States immigration policy under the current U.S. president. The proximity to the border with Mexico makes Arizona a state where many people enter the U.S. from its southern neighbor and where many immigrants live.

Among the many challenges that people wanting to come to the U.S. face is a relatively new policy that was implemented first at a port in California but has now been expanded to other locations. As reported by CNN, the policy prevents people seeking asylum in the U.S. from entering the country until after their hearings on the matter have been decided. Instead, they must remain in Mexico until their asylum is granted, if that even happens.

Central to the problems that this policy is that asylum seekers may be limited in their ability to get proper legal help for their cases. Attorneys in the United States are not clear if they are able to communicate with people while they are in Mexico as that may be considered practicing law in another country. 

Even if an American attorney can speak with a person in Mexico, many of the people seeking asylum have no way to communicate, furthering hindering their ability to get help and limiting their rights. Immigration courts are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice and it is not clear what rules apply here when it comes to providing legal assistance to asylum seekers.

 

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