Press Telebriefing: Response to the Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” Plan

December 21, 2018


Washington, DC–The Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” plan would not allow individuals into the United States to request refugee protection. Instead, families and children seeking asylum would be required to remain in Mexico while pursuing their claims for protection. The “Remain in Mexico” proposal is a dramatic departure in U.S. policy toward those seeking protection in our country, fundamentally upends U.S. refugee and asylum policy and practice and places already vulnerable children at a greater risk for harm.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Human Rights First held a press telebriefing on the how this policy will affect those seeking U.S. protection.

KIND statementHuman Rights First statement


Moderated by: Wendy Young, President, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Eleanor Acer, Senior Director, Refugee Protection, Human Rights First

Leah Chavla, Policy Advisor, Migrant Rights and Justice Program, Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)

Lisa Frydman, Vice President, Regional Policy and Initiatives, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Alan Shapiro, MD, FAAP, member, American Academy of Pediatrics Immigrant Health Special Interest Group.


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