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Agency: Fear of Returning Home Spikes at US-Mexico Border

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The number of people expressing fear of returning to their home countries when stopped at the U.S. border with Mexico has spiked, according to figures released Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. U.S. border authorities fielded 92,959 "credible fear'' claims - the initial step toward asylum - in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, up 67 percent from 55,584 the previous year. The "credible fear'' claims accounted for 18 percent of all people arrested or...

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