As the aunt of 12 nieces and nine nephews, I am shocked, saddened, and disturbed by our government’s attacks on asylum, particularly with how they are affecting children.
The Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the Remain in Mexico Policy, has returned nearly 70,000 asylum seekers and immigrants to Mexico to await court dates, which will determine whether they can claim asylum.
More than 13,000 of these are children, and nearly 400 are infants. They are forced to literally live on the street, without food, clothing, shelter, or safety of any kind. Acts of violence are often reported, as cartels target people they recognize by their lack of shoelaces.
Children and their families have the right to seek asylum under U.S. and international law. These blatant attacks on asylum are violating not only migrants’ human rights, but also legal rights.