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Mexico dismantles migrant camp near U.S. border

Mexico dismantled a migrant camp near the U.S. border on Saturday (March 6) after an easing of U.S. immigration policy saw many able to process their asylum claims in the United States.

The sprawling camp in the Mexican city of Matamoros, within sight of the Texan border, had been one of the most powerful reminders of the human toll of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to keep migrants out of the United States.

The camp emptied out in recent days, after hundreds of asylum seekers living there were finally allowed to cross the border to press their claim to stay in the United States.

President Joe Biden last month rolled back the programme – known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) – that had forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico.

Biden’s wife, Jill, visited the camp during last year’s presidential campaign to witness the difficult conditions first hand.

The last few people remaining in the camp were relocated to more secure locations identified by international aid groups where they could complete required paperwork, a U.S. official told Reuters late on Saturday (March 6).

(Production: Manuel Carrillo, Paul Vieira)

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