UN: Refugees’ right to seek asylum in U.S. reaffirmed

U.S. border patrol uses tear gas on migrants at San Ysidro crossing Credit: Photo by David Guzmán/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9992259n)

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GENEVA (Reuters) – Asylum seekers at the Mexican border fleeing violence or persecution are entitled to lodge claims in the United States to obtain sanctuary there, U.N. agencies said in a fresh attempt to shield migrants from tough U.S. immigration policies.

United Nations officials have repeatedly urged Washington to ensure asylum seekers are protected, but U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday Mexico should send migrants seeking asylum in the United States back to their home countries.

U.S. authorities fired tear gas canisters toward migrants in Mexico – near the border crossing separating Tijuana from San Diego, California – on Sunday when some rushed through border fencing into the United States. Mexico’s foreign ministry presented a diplomatic note to the U.S. government on Monday calling for a “full investigation”.
– Stephanie Nebehay I Reuters