At the U.S. hospitality shelters’ convening meeting in Laredo, Texas, earlier this month, there was unanimous opposition to the “Remain in Mexico” policy. In order to raise awareness about the dangers of this practice, the shelters developed a campaign called “Unintended Ties. US officials take shoelaces from asylum seekers so that they don’t harm themselves in detention. But then they send families with children back to dangerous and unfamiliar Mexican border towns. There, human traffickers and cartels target these families for extortion and trafficking because no shoelaces means no local connections. The “Remain in Mexico” policy delivers families into the hands of cartels and traffickers. Please help spread the word by sharing this image. And consider wrapping your holiday gifts in shoelaces instead of ribbon. You can also print and affix this description to the shoelaces on your gifts to spread the word about the dangers of Remain in Mexico.
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