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New Report Reveals Danger of "Remain in Mexico" Including New Cases of Family Separation, Confiscated Identity Documents, New Inhumane CBP Custody Tents

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A brand new report released by the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) today shows real-time threats to asylum-seeking families facing the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico (RIM)” policy. RIM began on January 29, 2019 when the Trump administration initiated a policy that forces asylum seekers presenting themselves at the U.S. border to wait in Mexico while their immigration cases are processed – a policy that many advocacy organizations assert is unlawful.

Newly Released Documents and Personal Testimonies Provide Evidence of Systematic Family Separations a Year After the End of Zero-Tolerance Policy

WASHINGTON, DC —Newly obtained documents from the Department of Health and Human Services released today by immigrant rights groups and the Houston Chronicle show that migrant children continued to be separated from their parents at the border nearly one year after the end of the “zero tolerance” policy.

Rep. Roybal-Allard Introduces Bills to Help Separated Immigrant Families and Children

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) has introduced two crucial bills in response to the Trump Administration’s cruel and inhumane interior enforcement policies. Separately, the bills help keep immigrant families together, and help protect immigrant children who are separated from their families.

“The HELP Separated Children Act [H.R. 3451] and Help Separated Families Act [H.R. 3452] would codify important safeguards to protect family unity, especially in the face of this administration’s cruel policies and immigration enforcement tactics that target and separate immigrant children and their families,” said Leah Chavla, policy advisor at the Women’s Refugee Commission. “Together, these bills represent critical steps toward ensuring that parents, if apprehended, are able to make care arrangements for their children – something that ICE officers frequently fail to even ask about – and that their parental rights are not unnecessarily terminated. If enacted, families would be better protected from avoidable and needless permanent separations and the inherent and long-lasting harms they cause.”

Real Solutions to the Trump Administration’s Unconscionable Policies Toward Children and Families Seeking Asylum

This blog was cross-posted from Medium.

The Trump administration’s deterrence-at-all-costs policies have caused an unprecedented humanitarian crisis at our border. Children who have fled unspeakable violence and poverty are being brutally mistreatedon American soil—forced to spend weeks in overcrowded, dirty cells without soap, toothbrushes, or beds. Children are getting sick, being fed uncooked frozen food, and being forced to care for younger children, some as young as four months. Since December, at least five children have died while in the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and just this week another child and her father diedin a desperate attempt to seek a better life. And as if all of this were not enough, families are still being separated, ripped apart by the government with no plans to reunify them, despite a judge’s order a year ago to reunite families.

Migrant families are being separated under remain-in-Mexico policy, complaint alleges

After Marcelo, a Guatemalan migrant, crossed the border with his 15-year-old son, Byron, in May, he was accused of lying about being the boy’s father and was sent back to Mexico, according to a complaint to government watchdogs announced on Tuesday.

His son was sent to a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children in Florida, the complaint said.

Immigration officials also "humiliated" Marcelo and threw Byron's birth certificate in the garbage, according to the complaint, which was announced Tuesday by the Women’s Refugee Commission.