Our report this month includes disturbing updates about the vastly expanded “Migrant Protection Protocols,” dangerous conditions in Mexican detention facilities that hold migrants from countries other than Mexico; and reflections from KBI’s education coordinator on reacting to injustices at the border.
- Expansion of Remain in Mexico: Remain in Mexico, a practice that forces asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while they seek asylum, has expanded rapidly since its formal inception in January. Tens of thousands of people have been subject to this practice, in which asylum seekers are subject to precarious situations in dangerous border cities that have limited capacity to offer shelter and other essential support. The policy has been carried out rapidly and recklessly, without adequate attention to essential details such as addresses where migrants can be reached in Mexico, or the language they speak so that they can understand the complicated legal instructions. Many asylum officers tasked with carrying it out believe it is morally corrupt. Read more here: https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-08-28/trump-administration-pushes-thousands-to-mexico-to-await-asylum-cases
- Mexican Enforcement: In response to pressure from the United States, Mexico has vastly expanded its enforcement of the border with Guatemala and its apprehension of unauthorized migrants within Mexico. In tandem with heightened enforcement within Mexico, the official U.S. governmental data documenting the numbers of migrants arriving to the U.S./Mexico border in August indicated a downturn. Migrants who are apprehended within Mexico are often held in detention facilities in dangerous and dirty conditions, where they may experience extreme temperatures, a lack of adequate nutrition or healthcare, and severe overcrowding. Read more here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/03/world/americas/mexico-migration-conditions.html
- KBI Staff Member Reflects on the Border: Tracey Horan, S.P., began working as the KBI Education Coordinator in July. She brings extensive experience in immigration-related issues and previously lived in the El Paso/Ciudad Juárez border while discerning a call to religious life. However, the experience of living and working in Nogales at this historical moment brings a particular set of questions, such as how to remain attentive to the injustices of the border while not becoming overwhelmed by them. https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/young-voices/us-mexico-border-theres-danger-growing-accustomed-injustice?fbclid=IwAR0K5eek7lVugBxKDrfw6i7lRBo6o-PX5ekkSITNuvu5uAcqqWkpnwBVIH4