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Border agents begin turning back migrants under new Biden restrictions

U.S. agents Wednesday began turning back migrants along the border with Mexico under President Biden's new asylum restrictions, while administration officials sought to tamp down expectations for a sudden drop in illegal crossings.

A day after the president declared an emergency at the border and issued a suspension of U.S. asylum protections, two administration officials told reporters that migrants who entered illegally from Mexico had been turned back. The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity under ground rules set by the administration, declined to say how many migrants were returned.

Biden's new measures impose restrictions on asylum as long as illegal border crossings remain above an average of 1,500 per day.


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