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Number of migrants waiting at US border surges to 40,000

In this Sunday, July 28, 2019, photo, migrants in Tijuana, many from Cameroon, listen to names being called for those who can claim asylum that day in the US. English-speaking Cameroonians fleeing atrocities of their French-speaking government helped push Tijuana’s asylum wait list to 10,000 on Sunday, up from 4,800 just three months earlier. Photo: AP/ Elliot Spagat
In this Sunday, July 28, 2019, photo, migrants in Tijuana, many from Cameroon, listen to names being called for those who can claim asylum that day in the US. English-speaking Cameroonians fleeing atrocities of their French-speaking government helped push Tijuana’s asylum wait list to 10,000 on Sunday, up from 4,800 just three months earlier.

Updated: August 08, 2019 10:10 AM

At least 40,000 migrants who have reached the U.S. border with Mexico are on waiting lists for an initial attempt to seek asylum or are waiting for a court hearing in the U.S. after being sent back.

The figure — based on reporting by The Associated Press and Mexican government figures — represents a dramatic increase from the start of the year.

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English-speaking Cameroonians fleeing atrocities of their French-speaking government helped push Tijuana's asylum wait list to 10,000 on Sunday, up from 4,800 just three months earlier.

Turning Mexico into a waiting room for U.S. asylum seekers may be the Trump administration's most forceful response yet to a surge of migrants seeking humanitarian protection, many of them Central American families.

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