Best of AP — Honorable Mention


Documents reveal underuse of holding cells for asylum seekers


San Diego corespondent Elliot Spagat for first reporting unsealed documents that raised questions about the Trump administration’s reasoning for forcing asylum seekers to remain in Mexico. Spagat closely watched the court file and prodded an official once a deadline had passed, breaking the news that holding cells at most U.S. facilities were no more than half full – and some were completely empty – during an unprecedented surge of asylum-seeking families from Central America. The Trump administration claimed that people had to wait in Mexico because it didn’t have the means to accommodate them. The revelation that got prominent attention in several major U.S. papers.

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