The Trump administration’s broadly condemned “Remain In Mexico” coverage has pressured greater than 13,000 asylum seekers beneath the age of 18 to attend in high-crime Mexican border cities whereas their immigration circumstances are processed within the U.S., in response to a brand new Reuters evaluation.
Among these 13,000, Reuters discovered there have been at the least 400 infants who had been pressured to attend south of the border, with many infants and their households staying in crowded shelters and tents by ports of entry or on the streets for weeks, if not months.
While unaccompanied minors can’t be turned again to Mexico beneath the Migrant Protection Protocols, or “Remain In Mexico” coverage, which has seen tens of hundreds of asylum seekers pressured to attend in Mexico whereas their immigration circumstances within the U.S. are processed, youngsters who arrive on the U.S. border with their households might be despatched again.
As Newsweek has beforehand reported, a whole lot of individuals have been residing on the streets of border cities like Matamoros, the place as many as 1,500 folks had been estimated in a report launched earlier this month by Human Rights First to be sleeping close to the city’s designated port of entry into Brownsville, Texas.
In its report, Human Rights First mentioned that it had already recognized at the least 343 circumstances by which asylum seekers affected by the Remain in Mexico coverage had reported being “violently attacked or threatened in Mexico,” together with falling sufferer to kidnapping, rape and different violence.
That quantity was greater than triple the 110 incidents the group mentioned it had first recognized in August. However, Human Rights First mentioned it was doubtless a “gross underestimate of the harm to returned asylum seekers.”
The risks of being pressured to stay in Matamoros, located within the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, is clearly outlined within the U.S.’s personal journey advisory for Mexico, which lists Tamaulipas as a “level 4: Do Not Travel region,” the place “violent crime, such as murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion and sexual assault” are “common.”
The journey advisory additionally warns that “gang activity, including gun battles and blockades” is “widespread,” whereas “armed criminal groups” are identified to “target public and private passenger buses, as well as private automobiles traveling through Tamaulipas, often taking passengers hostage and demanding ransom payments.”
Immigration advocacy teams have sought to sue the Trump administration in a bid to halt the controversial MPP coverage, with the ninth U.S. Circuit anticipated to rule on the case quickly.