For Migrants In Nuevo Laredo, ‘Remain In Mexico’ Means Remain In Danger

“In Nuevo Laredo, people are really in hiding rather than out in the open.”

By David Martin DaviesDecember 5, 2019 9:30 am, , ,

From Texas Public Radio:

The Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, has so far forced more than 57,000 migrants to wait in Mexico while their immigration cases wind through U.S. immigration court.

Critics claim that MPP endangers the lives of migrants. A recent analysis by Human Rights First found 340 publicly reported instances of kidnapping, rape, torture and other types of violence against migrants returned to Mexico under MPP.

Administration officials and Republican lawmakers defend it, arguing it weeds out potentially false claims and shortens the wait times for migrants seeking asylum in the U.S.

But a group of migrants in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, may best illustrate the heavy price of daily life under the MPP’s legal restrictions.

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