Activists warn Biden’s failure to overturn Trump border rules leading to increased attacks on asylum seekers



According to the family, in March, a 10-year-old Nicaraguan boy crossed the US-Mexico border into Texas with his mother and was soon exiled to Mexico where he was kidnapped.

The widely shared case of Wilton Obregon and his mother Meyrin is one of at least 492 publicly shared reports of attacks. Asylum applicants Enter the United States within the last few months after they are denied entry under the public health policy called by Donald Trump Keeps in place by Joe Biden..

The administration brought more than 6,000 asylum seekers to the United States who were forced to wait indefinitely in Mexico while their case was being processed under Trump-era rules, but the White House Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The clause, known as Title 42, claimed by human rights groups, has been armed by the former president and continues to cause “chaos” in the family and immigration process.

“It puts children at risk, promotes family separation, and illegally puts asylum seekers, including blacks and LGBTQ refugees, forced to endure prejudiced violence in Mexico.” Extensive reports From Human Rights First, Haitian Bridge Alliance, Al Otro Lado.

The policy also “creates confusion” by forcing asylum-seekers who have no legal options to travel to the United States between places of entry, according to the report.

“Rather than protecting public health, expulsion policies threaten the health and security of asylum seekers and migrants,” the report said.

US law stipulates that anyone entering the country is eligible to apply for asylum. This is a form of humanitarian protection against those fleeing violence and persecution from their own country.

However, the invocation of Title 42 by the former president virtually stopped asylum law and is now replaced by 19th-century public health law, with more than 637,000 people since March 2020 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Asylum seekers have been banished.

According to the report, more than 150 asylum-seekers interviewed by Human Rights First in March and April 2021 were asked for asylum or screened by the Immigration Bureau prior to expulsion under Title 42. I didn’t do it.

Last year, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection screened Less than 1 percent Of those exiled under orders.

Under the US Department of Homeland Security, only 143 asylum-seekers were considered to have a credible case of being granted asylum for fear of torture.

In March, more than 104,000 asylum seekers were denied entry under Title 42. This number has increased almost every month since last year.

Within the first three months of 2021, more than 241,300 people were expelled from the border under this rule, according to border authorities.

Within two months of President Biden’s inauguration, more than 177,000 people, including more than 26,000 families, were expelled under Title 42 of the United States Code, according to government data.

Report – “Failure to protect: The Biden administration continues its illegal Trump policy to thwart and endanger asylum seekers” – to appeal to law enforcement agencies for fear of persecution or imminent danger Despite this, it shows some cases from immigrants denied entry under Title 42, with Mexican asylum seekers kidnapped by the cartel and Nicaragua women stuck in Tijuana after being expelled from the United States. Unprotected home countries, such as their families, led to detention and abuse in their home countries.

Since January 21, the day after Mr. Biden’s inauguration, the group has identified nearly 500 violent attacks, including kidnappings, assaults, and rapes of migrants exiled or stranded on the US-Mexico border.

Al Otro Lado is an LGBTQ asylum-seeker who was abused or attacked in Mexico within the past month after interviews with organizations, including sexual assault and trafficking by Mexican law enforcement agencies from mid-February to early April. Identified 81% of.

The exile also had a disproportionate effect among Africa, the Caribbean and other black asylum seekers stuck at the border. The report found that 61 percent of Haiti’s asylum-seekers blocked from asylum were victims of crime while stuck in Mexico.

Advocates also collected reports of physical and verbal abuse from federal law enforcement agencies, including “abnormal conditions” in detention facilities.

The report states that migrants who have frozen their containment chambers, officers who refuse food and medical care and throw out important paperwork, or “threats that hurt and deter cruel jokes and asylum seekers” before expelling them. I found that I was dependent on.

Before being expelled to Tijuana in March, one member of the Honduras family with a baby was reportedly told, “Congratulations, I’m going to New York City.” Another Honduras woman was told, “I am surprised at you” before being exiled to Tijuana in April.

DHS did not respond to request for comment from Independent About the report.

White House spokesman Jen Psaki was asked to respond to criticisms of Title 42, and on April 23, the United States was “in the midst of a global epidemic” and “keeping people safe.” It is the front line and the center of the president, “he told reporters.

“At the same time, we absolutely believe that we are a country that wants to treat people humanely,” she said. “We understand and have heard complaints about this issue, but our goal is … to maintain the system and policies, or to implement policies that help us deal with the pandemic.”

She said the policy lift would be based on guidance from health authorities.

The White House and immigration advocates rejected attempts to define an increase in immigrants arriving at the border as a “crisis,” instead the latest “crisis” was a failed and neglected immigration policy, violence in other countries. According to the United States, which claims to be the result of persecution, the coronavirus pandemic and the economic collapse from trade agreements, and two catastrophic hurricanes that affected Central America in 2020.

Border authorities have not expelled unaccompanied minors, overturning Trump-era policies and overturning the practice of “zero-tolerance” prosecution of illegal entry across thousands of families.

so Long statement Last month, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas said, “The majority of people arrested on the southwestern border are now CDCCovid-19 Authority to manage the pandemic public health crisis. “

Single adults from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are “quickly expelled to Mexico” and single adults from other countries are “exiled to their country of origin by plane if Mexico does not accept”.

However, continued reliance on Title 42 follows its use against public health authorities’ opposition when it was implemented, as the previous administration presided over a wide range of immigration restrictions agendas across multiple agencies.

The Trump administration reportedly pressured the CDC to rely on emergency powers to close its borders, overturning government officials who claimed there was no evidence that it would fight Covid-19. did. According to the Associated Press..

Physicians for human rights The Biden administration also called for an immediate withdrawal of policy.

Human rights groups in the report have published a series of policy recommendations to the White House and Congress. This includes “instructing the CDC to adopt rational and evidence-based measures rather than protecting the lives of asylum seekers and protecting public health.” We will issue a ban on xenophobia. “

“The United States cannot use a pandemic as an excuse to circumvent its international obligations to refugees,” the report said.

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