Federal Judge Rules That Trump Administration Cannot Send Asylum Seekers To Mexico
The Trump administration is trying to pull out all the stops when it comes to immigration that goes above and beyond the legal process. The most recent examples of this include initiating a “zero-tolerance” policy, threatening to close the border, or holding asylum seekers under a bridge. Trump’s way, which he has verbalized before, is to do what he wants until a court shuts him down. That’s precisely what happened once again when his administration tried to pull another fast one.
Earlier this year, the Trump Administration ordered all asylum seekers to return to Mexico to await the outcome of their case. A judge put an end to that.
In January, government officials began their “remain in Mexico” policy. Undocumented migrants would have to report to authorities, make their claim that they are seeking asylum, fill out paperwork, and be on their way back to Mexico to await the next process. This process was the government’s way of obeying the asylum law — somewhat — but not deal with the people themselves in the U.S.
Judge Richard Seeborg said the Trump administration is breaking the law by ordering asylum seekers to await their hearings in Mexico. In his ruling, he cited a law that states: “No Contracting State shall expel or return a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.”
The White House said they would appeal the ruling.
“We intend to appeal, and we will take all necessary action to defend the Executive Branch’s lawful efforts to resolve the crisis at our southern border,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
RAICES, an immigration organization, posted this heartbreaking story about why the U.S. government shouldn’t force people back into an environment that can be harmful, even fatal.
An immigrant from Cuba describes the dangers of remaining in a country that has their fair share of violence.
The woman described in the Twitter thread that they were attempting to cross the border through Mexico but instead were taken to a remote area. Their coyote demanded more money and when they didn’t pay were taken to a warehouse where they were tortured by Mexican police.
“I never want to go back to Mexico. It gives me panics. It was so violent. Mexico is not an appropriate place for migrants who are already fleeing the violence.” “This is why the Remain in Mexico policy is not just illegal, but also VERY dangerous,” RAICES stated.