Presidents Trump and López Obrador Must Prioritize the Safety of Migrant Children

July 8, 2020

Washington, DC—When presidents Trump and López Obrador meet to discuss the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, KIND urges the leaders to discuss ways in which the two governments can work together to prioritize the safety of migrant children escaping violence and persecution in their countries of origin.

Over the past several months, the United States has turned away thousands of unaccompanied children, sending many back into Mexico without any screening for safety needs, access to due process, or assurances that the adults they are returned with will not harm them.

Mexico has willingly received these children and has provided little to no protection for them, leaving them in grave danger.

KIND urges presidents Trump and López Obrador to prioritize the protection of children by considering the best interest of the child before any action is taken in a child’s case.  KIND calls on the governments of the United States and Mexico to ensure that unaccompanied children are processed according to obligations under U.S. and international law and given access to humanitarian protection on both sides of the border


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