'The US can't dump people in Mexico': Trump asylum policy in doubt

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Activists say ‘catch and return’ would push conditions on cities past breaking point as officials say they were kept in the dark

When she announced last month that tens of thousands of asylum seekers would be returned to Mexico while their cases are considered, the homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, described the move as a “historic” overhaul of US immigration policy.

But more than two weeks later, the new strategy has yet to begin and it remains unclear how the plan would work – or even if Mexico is willing to enforce it.

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