As U.S. closes borders, thousands of Haitian refugees trapped in Mexico lose hope

2/28/2017 United Press International

haitianosnoacreA United States federal court has blocked President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order barring citizens from seven majority Muslim countries from entering the United States, but the impacts of the travel ban are being felt at the nation’s borders.

The suspended order halts general refugee admissions for 120 days and Syrian admissions until further notice and puts a limit of 50,000 admissions per year, down from 150,000. It also imposes major legal hurdles for those processing asylum applications.

Along with the Trump administration’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, this situation has dealt an historic blow not just to Muslim immigrants but to the American asylum and refugee system in general – including to the more than 30,000 asylum seekers and migrants now trapped in Tijuana, Mexico, just a few miles from San Diego, Calif.

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