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United States forces young Venezuelan to return to Mexico


Feb. 18, 2020

HOUSTON.- The US authorities have forced a Venezuelan teenager to return to Mexico after rejecting her arguments that she was fleeing political repression and violence, even though they accepted the same reasons presented by her father.
The teenager, identified only by her first name, Branyerly, lives alone in Matamoros, Mexico, across the border from Brownsville, Texas. Border agents denied his request not to return to Mexico, appealing the existence of the “Stay in Mexico” program of the Donald Trump government.
Branyerly and his father were unable to apply for asylum due to another law that denies people who arrived at the border through a “third country”, but in January, an immigration judge admitted the father, Branly, by granting a so-called retention of expulsion, which requires a higher legal standard.
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