Days after the murder of two unaccompanied boys who were waiting at the U.S. Mexico border in order to apply for U.S. protection, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced an historic action that would without doubt put the lives and safety of more children and families in grave danger.
“It is incomprehensible that the Trump Administration would take the exactly opposite action it should to protect children and families at the U.S. border on the heels of the murder of two boys seeking U.S. protection,” said KIND President Wendy Young. “U.S. immigration law clearly states that asylum seekers who arrive at our borders can apply for asylum, a requirement that reflects the longstanding tradition of the United States and is also codified in international law. We will be forcing children and families to wait indefinitely in dangerous conditions with little to no access to basic services or lawyers to help them claim asylum or other protection,” Young further stated, “Many are fleeing their countries to escape violence and persecution. It is unconscionable that the U.S. government would slam the door in their face and force them back to Mexico.”
Read here why the United States’ so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy is disastrous for the protection of immigrants and refugees.