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Report: Asylum seekers in San Diego will be forced to wait in Mexico

PHOTOS: Migrant caravan makes way to U.S-Mexico border
Posted at 1:47 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 21:43:11-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The Trump administration will make asylum seekers in San Diego wait in Mexico as soon as Friday, according to the Associated Press.

A Reuters report indicated that the U.S. will return the first group of migrants seeking asylum to Tijuana by weeks end.

A spokesperson for Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador didn’t specify the nationalities of those being returned to Mexico.

Both Mexico and the United States have held meetings to hammer out details of the plan to return migrants. Mexico previously said it won’t accept anyone facing a credible threat in the country, according to Reuters.

A backlog of more than 800,000 asylum cases is pending in immigration courts, Reuters says.

Illegal crossings from Mexico are near historic lows, but the U.S. has recently witnessed a surge in asylum claims, according to the Associated Press.