(WIAT) — According to the department of homeland security, the U.S government says asylum seekers will now be sent back to Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceedings.
The department says they will no longer be released into the U.S, where they often disappear before a court can make a decision. The department says asylum seekers from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador must wait in Mexico until their immigration proceedings are concluded. Mexico will continue to provide humanitarian aid.
The policy change does not apply to asylum seekers from Mexico. Homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says if the migrants are granted asylum by a U.S judge, they will be welcomed into America.
The new policy goes into effect immediately.