Trump administration appears to violate law in forcing asylum seekers back to Mexico, officials warn

Asylum seeker in Mexicali
Asylum seeker Oswaldo Ortiz-Luna sells candy at a busy intersection in Mexicali, Mexico.
(Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)

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Molly O’Toole is an immigration and security reporter based in the Los Angeles Times’ Washington, D.C., bureau. Previously, she was a senior reporter at Foreign Policy covering the 2016 election and Trump administration, and a politics reporter at the Atlantic’s Defense One. She has covered migration and security from Mexico, Central America, West Africa, the Middle East, the Gulf, and South Asia. She is a graduate of Cornell University and NYU, but will always be a Californian.