Num­ber of asy­lum seek­ers sent back over border to in­crease

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World - Staff and news ser­vices

WASH­ING­TON — Border of­fi­cials are aim­ing to more than quadru­ple the num­ber of asy­lum seek­ers sent back over the south­ern border each day, a ma­jor ex­pan­sion of a top gov­ern­ment ef­fort to ad­dress the swelling num­ber of Cen­tral Amer­i­cans ar­riv­ing in the coun­try, a Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said Satur­day.

It was the lat­est at­tempt to ease a strain­ing im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem that of­fi­cials claim is at the break­ing point. Hun­dreds of of­fi­cers who usu­ally screen cargo and ve­hi­cles at ports of en­try were re­as­signed to help man­age mi­grants.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has threat­ened to shut­ter the U.S.-Mex­ico border en­tirely.

Right now, about 60 asy­lum seek­ers a day are re­turned to Mex­ico at the San Ysidro, Calex­ico and El Paso ports to wait out their cases, the of­fi­cial said.

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