‘Remain in Mexico’ Is Punishing Asylum-Seekers, but Is It Deterring Them?

A Mexican marine stands guard at the Suchiate River border crossing between Guatemala and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, June 16, 2019 (AP photo by Idalia Rie).
A Mexican marine stands guard at the Suchiate River border crossing between Guatemala and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, June 16, 2019 (AP photo by Idalia Rie).

CHIQUIRINES, Guatemala—In August, Abner Lopez Macario, a 30-year-old farmer and father of two, found himself out of luck and back in Chiquirines, a town in the muggy coastal lands of Guatemala surrounded by sprawling banana plantations. Far from being a bittersweet return after years abroad, Lopez Macario’s homecoming was an admission of defeat. Three months earlier, after a 20-day trek through Mexico guided by a migrant-smuggler, he, his wife and his two sons made it all the way to the border of the United States in the back of a truck. Upon reaching El Paso, Texas, they had sought out […]

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