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More than 2,000 Central American migrants have returned to their homelands using a program that offers free transportation for the trip, according to a United Nations official.
The “Assisted Voluntary Return” program has transported 2,170 migrants who were either detained at or never got to the U.S. border, according to Christopher Gascon, an official from the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM), Reuters reported. Gascon leads the program’s Mexico mission.
The article goes on to state the following:
“When they saw the reality, some decided to go home,” he said of migrants. Gascon noted that the mission’s objective, in part, is to correct misinformation about how easy it is to cross the U.S. southern border illegally.
The program is funded by the U.S. State Department and has cost $1.65 million, according to Reuters. Immigration advocates have expressed concern that the program violates the prohibition under international law of returning asylum seekers unwillingly to nations where they could be persecuted.
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