Upsurge of Asylum Requests Poses Challenge for Mexico

6/13/19 – Wall Street Journal

By Juan Montes


As Mexico pledges to step up its efforts to stop migrants from crossing its territory to reach the U.S., it is facing an upsurge in asylum requests at its own southern border.

At the offices of the federal refugee agency in Tapachula, near the border with Guatemala, the line of mostly Central American migrants stretches down the street and around the corner. Many arrive at night and sleep on the street to be among the first attended to.

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