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The United States government's immigration policy is trapping Central American migrants and asylum seekers in dangerous areas of northern Mexico where they are often targets of kidnapping and extortion by criminal groups, the humanitarian medical non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders said in a new report released Tuesday.

"The (United States) recommends that its citizens avoid (the northeastern Mexican state of) Tamaulipas at all costs. It prohibits its officials from going there, yet at the same time it's grabbing migrants and entire families and sending them there," said Sergio Martin, the general coordinator in Mexico of that NGO, better known internationally as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).