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Protesters respond to reports that DHS will implement migrant protection protocols

Posted at 6:41 PM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 20:41:27-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Dozens of protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse Monday.

The Kino Border Initiative is protesting over reports that the Department of Homeland Security will implement migrant protection protocols in Southern Arizona.

The protocols are known as the "Remain in Mexico" program.

It means migrants seeking asylum would be sent back to Mexico to wait for their asylum hearings.

For those in the Tucson sector that means a 300 mile bus ride to El Paso, and then across the border to Ciudad Juarez, according to the Washington Post.

The Tucson sector was one of the last areas without a program to send migrants back to Mexico while they wait for asylum.