The US abruptly canceled plans on Monday to bring asylum seekers into Texas at two ports of entry, dashing the hopes of hundreds who have been waiting for months in Mexico under Trump’s “Migrant Protection Protocols”:…
“We are really confused because we don’t see any change. We are just looking for help,” said Josue Cornejo, a migrant from Honduras who has been stuck in a makeshift camp in Matamoros, Mexico, across the border from Brownsville, for over a year. “They aren’t telling us anything.”
A U.N. official said on Monday that the organization has registered more than 7,700 migrants with active cases since Friday, but less than half have been notified of an appointment time to come to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Here are the stats from UNHCR on MPP registrations. Related to my tweet above: Nearly 2,200 people have gotten appointments for phone interviews to discuss their cases. But those people have not necessarily been notified of a time to come to the US-Mexico border yet (as I wrote)

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