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Board of Supervisors passes anti-migrant protection protocols resolution

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Posted at 4:36 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 20:33:22-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Pima County Board of Supervisors took an official stance Tuesday on a recent federal policy change that affects migrants seeking asylum.

The board voted 3 to 2 to oppose migrant protection protocols today.

The Migrant Protection Protocol is also called "Remain in Mexico." It means migrants seeking asylum would be sent back to Mexico to wait for their asylum hearings.

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It's been active in other border sectors for several months, and the Tucson Sector is the last to see the protocol roll out.

The change in policy went into effect here last month and means the majority of migrants who are seeking asylum will no longer be housed or helped in Tucson.

Those in the Tucson Sector will now be bused 300 miles to El Paso where they will be taken back across the U.S. Mexico border to Juarez.

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