Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro has accused the Trump administration of ignoring “due process” after he escorted 12 asylum seekers to the U.S. border solely to be taught they’d been compelled to return to Mexico hours later.
Among the group of 12 have been a lot of LGBT asylum seekers who mentioned they’d confronted threats and assault whereas ready within the Mexican border city of Matamoros, which sits throughout from Brownsville, Texas.
Several of the asylum seekers advised The Los Angeles Times of how they’d been threatened and intimidated for being homosexual, whereas one asylum seeker, Melisa, a 27-year-old from Honduras, mentioned she had been struck by a stranger whereas merely standing exterior a pharmacy and speaking with pals.
“The same people who are living with us discriminate against us,” one of many asylum seekers, Mari, 24, advised the newspaper.
Detention beneath the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement company, the asylum seekers mentioned, can be higher than being compelled to attend one other day in Mexico.
“Ten years in detention is better than a day here,” Mari’s accomplice, Dany, 22, advised the newspaper.
According to Castro there was additionally no less than one member of the group dwelling with a incapacity.
Like 1000’s of others, the 12 asylum seekers had been compelled to attend in Mexico beneath the Trump administration’s controversial Remain in Mexico coverage, which forces migrants to attend south of the border as their U.S. asylum claims are processed.
While LGBT asylum seekers compelled to stay in Mexico are significantly weak to abuse, a lot of rights organizations have warned that forcing any asylum seekers to attend in Mexican border cities may put their lives in danger.
According to Human Rights First, as many as 340 violent assaults, together with situations of kidnapping, rape and torture, have been reported simply final month amongst asylum seekers compelled to return to Mexico beneath the coverage.
While Castro had reportedly left the Texas border assured that the asylum seekers he had aided would have their instances processed by immigration officers, hours later, he realized that they’d been despatched again to Mexico.
“Hours after we were told LGBT and disabled asylum seekers would have their cases heard, they have been returned to Mexico,” Castro mentioned in a tweet.
Noting that weak instances needs to be excluded from the Remain in Mexico coverage, Castro mentioned that “by law, these migrants are supposed to be exempt from the Remain in Mexico policy—but [Customs and Border Protection] had decided to ignore their due process. Outrageous.”
In a separate assertion, the Texas Civil Rights Project, which represents all 12 of the asylum seekers Castro escorted throughout the border, additionally condemned CBP over the incident.
“We just heard the terrible news that all 12 of our clients escorted by [Castro] were sent back to Mexico,” the group mentioned. “This is, of course, a mockery of due process.”
The Texas Civil Rights Project asserted that its shoppers have been in CBP custody for a complete of three hours, “which means that each person had less than 15 minutes for their non-refoulement interviews.”
Non-refoulement, the group defined, “is when an asylum seeker or refugee cannot be sent back to the last country they were in because they are subject to persecution there.”
“If these people—LGBTQ migrants who have been assaulted for who they are in the camps, disabled people, children—do not meet the criteria for ‘vulnerable populations,’ then the ‘vulnerable’ exemptions in ‘Remain in Mexico’ are lip service,” the rights group mentioned.
“Everyone on the ground here knows it, and now we can prove it. There is no intention to protect migrants in the so-called ‘Remain in Mexico.’ Trump’s intent is to hide the cruelty of his administration away from our eyes,” it added.
It additional accused CBP of ready for reporters to depart the scene to launch the 12 asylum seekers again into Mexico.
“As soon as the reporters left to file their stories, CBP released the asylum seekers back into Mexico, where they face persecution in an open-air encampment where thousands from countries the U.S. has destabilized are forced to survive indefinitely,” the Texas Civil Rights Project mentioned.
“We will be sure to respond to CBP’s complete lack of disregard to due process by demanding transparency and answers on what it will take for CBP to follow its own policy,” it vowed.
Of course, the 12 asylum seekers are removed from alone in being denied an opportunity to stay within the U.S. whereas their instances are being processed. So far, the coverage has seen as many as 48,000 asylum seekers compelled to attend in Mexico for his or her instances within the U.S. to be processed, in keeping with The Times.
Meanwhile, a June analysis by Reuters discovered that just one p.c of individuals affected by the Remain in Mexico coverage had seen their instances efficiently pulled from this system.
Newsweek has contacted CBP for remark for this text.