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As rain fell in Matamoros on a gray March morning, around a hundred asylum seekers huddled around a small storefront within view of an international bridge into Texas. Amid the din of cross-border traffic, anxious murmurs spread through the crowd just a few minutes before 10 a.m. In a sort of tired ritual, dozens of asylum seekers pulled out their smartphones—some even held multiple phones for other family members—to open the CBP One app and try to book an appointment for the hearing that they are entitled to under U.S. law. As of early January, the app has been the only way to request such a hearing in the United States. A few dozen slots for appointments with immigration agents in Brownsville, right across the border,…
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