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Nearly 3,000 Government Workers Just Spoke Out Against Trump’s Controversial “Remain In Mexico” Policy

The union that represents government workers that process asylum claims just made a groundbreaking decision. They are sticking to their morals and good judgment to speak out against the cruel immigration policies of the Trump administration. They say that the government’s immigration policy violates international law and they want the courts to put an end to the “Remain in Mexico” policy.

Yup, Trump’s own employees, those of the federal government, are speaking out against the dangerous policy in court.

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A union representing federal asylum officers said in a court filing Wednesday that the Trump administration’s policy forcing migrants to wait in Mexico while their asylum cases are decided risks violating international treaty obligations and “abandons our tradition of providing a safe haven to the persecuted.”

The union, which represents 2,500 Department of Homeland Security employees, including the asylum officers, said in its filing that the policy puts migrants in danger because they could face persecution while being forced to wait in Mexico, undermining the purpose of asylum.

Migrants who are forced to return to Mexico are facing violence, sexual violence, discrimination, and persecution.

“Asylum officers are duty bound to protect vulnerable asylum seekers from persecution,” the union said. “They should not be forced to honor departmental directives that are fundamentally contrary to the moral fabric of our nation and our international and domestic legal obligations.”

The Mexican government said that as of this week, more than 15,000 people had been sent back to the country under Trump’s policy. The White House has moved to aggressively combat the number of people seeking refuge in the United States, and critics say the revamped “remain in Mexico” policy was meant to deter potential asylum-seekers.

Members of the union pointed out that the asylum process has always been a bedrock of US policy.

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The letter points to previous policies that allowed asylum-seekers to wait in the United States while their applications were pending, noting: “The system has been tested time and again, and it is fully capable…of efficiently processing asylum claims.”

And the people on Twitter were here for this sliver of good news, of people standing up against a cruel and dangerous policy.

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Some people thought it was very brave of these union members to speak up and fight for what’s right – especially considering they work for a government led by a man who is all too quick to fire people who upset him.

While many pointed out just how correct this union was.

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I mean Mexico is in the midst of its most violent year yet, fighting a war against drug cartels. The country isn’t exactly well equipped to care for and protect an influx of tens of thousands of migrants.

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