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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Thousands of asylum-seekers previously forced to wait in Mexico for their court hearings due to a Trump administration policy will be able to return to the United States for another chance at asylum, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday, per an AP report.

Why it matters: The policy change is the latest effort by the Biden administration to remedy Trump-era actions deems "cruel and inhumane" that tried to discourage asylum-seekers, per AP.

The state of play: The Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy forced asylum-seekers to wait until their claims were heard, causing many to miss their court dates and see their cases dismissed or denied.

  • "In all, about 70,000 asylum-seekers were returned to Mexico under the policy introduced in San Diego in January 2019 and expanded across the border after then-President Donald Trump threatened Mexico with higher tariffs if it didn’t do more to reverse a major spike in border crossings," AP writes.
  • President Biden halted that policy on his first day in office.
    • In doing so, an estimated 26,000 asylum-seekers with active cases were able to return to the U.S., per AP.

The big picture: The exact number of asylum-seekers who will return to the U.S. under the policy change is unknown, but Michele Klein Solomon of the International Organization for Migration estimates the number will be around 10,000, per AP.

  • Many of these asylum-seekers left the border region after their cases were dismissed, "raising the possibility that they will make the dangerous trek to return," according to AP.

What's next: Registration for those who were subject to the policy is expected to open Wednesday, AP reports.

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Mexico welcomes escaping Afghans as Kabul evacuations ramp up

Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard with the members of the Afghan women’s robotics team, who arrived in Mexico City from Qatar. Photo: Secretary of Foreign Relations in Mexico

Mexico is expediting documents to welcome Afghans, as the evacuations from Kabul ramp up before the Aug. 31 deadline for full U.S. withdrawal.

Details: Five members of the Afghan women’s robotics team landed Tuesday night in Mexico City, where they will have the option of seeking asylum.

UN chief urges U.S. and China to fix "dysfunctional relationship"

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a Sept. 13 press conference in Geneva. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / Coffini/AFP via Getty Images

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres raised concerns in an interview with AP, published Monday, of another Cold War between the U.S. and China.

Why it matters: Guterres made the comments ahead of this week's UN General Assembly in New York. Guterres told AP the U.S.-U.K. deal to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia "is just one small piece of a more complex puzzle ... this completely dysfunctional relationship between China and the United States."

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FBI says human remains found in Wyoming likely Gabby Petito

Gabby Petito. Photo: FBI

Human remains found in Teton County, Wyoming, are "consistent with the description of" missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, FBI Denver official Charles Jones said at a news conference Sunday.

Details: The cause of death had yet to be determined, but Jones said: "Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery." Authorities said they're continuing the search for her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.