Democratic Presidential candidate Julian Castro traveled to Matamoros, Mexico and led 12 LGBT and disabled asylum seekers to the border, only to later have the immigrants sent back to Mexico hours later, according to the Pluralist. “We crossed back into the US with 12 LGBTQ and disabled asylum seekers who should not be included in the remain in Mexico policy,” tweeted Castro on his decision to escort the immigrants to the border.
“What I saw across the border in Matamoros, Mexico is a national embarrassment—one entirely of Trump’s creation,” stated Castro moments after escorting migrants to the Texas border, where Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents placed their cases under review. Hours later, the migrants were sent back to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols, which is a program spearheaded by the Trump administration. Under this protocol, migrants seeking U.S. asylum must wait in Mexico while their claims are being processed.