Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” Policy Violates U.S. and International Human Rights Laws and Has Created a Humanitarian Crisis.
The Trump Administration made it harder
(12) for migrants fleeing violence to gain asylum in the U.S. by implementing Migrant Protection Protocols
(13), which force Central Americans seeking asylum to return to Mexico for an indefinite amount of time while their claims are processed. This “remain in Mexico” policy violates
(14) U.S. and international law, puts asylum seekers in further danger, and has sent more than 60,000 migrants
(15) back to Mexico, where they are forced to live in dangerous regions of Mexico in makeshift encampments, must rely on volunteers for basic necessities, are vulnerable to criminal gangs, and have very little means to handle major public health crises. Nonetheless the Trump Administration announced
(16) that it would be turning back all asylum seekers along the southern border in the midst of the pandemic, and postponed
(17) all immigration court hearings for migrants waiting in Mexico.