‘Tent Court’ Ready To Open At Border

EL PASO, Texas (AP) – The US is ready to open a tent court on the border to help handle tens of thousands of cases of asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico, with hearings held entirely by video conference.  The court, or “soft-sided” facility as U.S. officials call it, is scheduled to begin operations Monday in Laredo, Texas. Another is expected to open soon in Brownsville in the Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings.The “Remain in Mexico” policy — assailed by critics for making asylum seekers wait in violent Mexico border cities — has become a key piece of the U.S. response to a large increase in asylum-seeking families, especially from Central America.

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