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The US Government Is Bussing Migrants Back To Mexico And Leaving Them In The Same Cities They Say Are Extremely Dangerous

The US is sending busloads full of migrants hoping to seek asylum here in the US back to Mexico. Many are allegedly told that they’re being bused back to Mexico but will be dropped off at a local community center and shelter where they’ll be able to access local services.

According to new reports by the AP, this isn’t always the case. The AP details a group of migrants who were sent back to Mexico on a bus and then dropped off in Monterrey – a city of more than 4 million people. They were dropped off on seedy streets in a red-light district full of strip clubs and prostitutes.

Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy is endangering the lives of entire families.

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The migrants had thought they were being taken to a shelter where they could live, look for work and go to school. Instead they found themselves in a bustling metropolis of over 4 million, dropped off on a street across from sleazy nightclubs and cabarets with signs advertising for “dancers.”

According to the AP, there have been several such busloads in recent days carrying at least 450 Hondurans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans from Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas, to Monterrey, where they are left to fend for themselves with no support on housing, work or schooling for children, who appear to make up about half the group.

Many migrants admit that they feel abandoned.

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The migrants who were dumped on the streets of Monterrey are now more than 130 miles away from Nuevo Laredo –  which is where their court proceedings are. For people with few resources and little money, making that 130 mile journey is not easy and they’re likely to lose their asylum claims.

Many of the migrants dropped off on the mean city streets are actually children.

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By many estimates, as many as half of the migrantS being sent back to Mexico are children.

Many on Twitter pointed out how they were left in the streets all alone without any help, instructions, or assistance.

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One migrant said: “They have abandoned us here to get rid of us,” sitting on the floor of the bus terminal surrounded by her four sleeping children. The stylist and her husband, a mechanic, were waiting for relatives to send money for them to get back to Honduras, and they figured it would take two years to pay off the debt they took on to pay their coyote.

It’s truly a dangerous policy.

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Mexico has received some 20,000 asylum seekers returned to await U.S. immigration court dates under the program colloquially known as “remain in Mexico.” But there had been no sign of such large-scale moving of people away from the border before now, after the program expanded to Nuevo Laredo in violence- and cartel-plagued Tamaulipas, a state where the U.S. State Department warns against all travel due to kidnappings and other crime.

While many Mexicans were ashamed that Mexico was treating migrants in the same way the US is.

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In a statement to the AP, Mexico’s National Immigration Institute said that the agency cooperates with consular authorities and all levels of government to attend to returnees. It said Mexico abides by international law and is working to upgrade shelters and immigration facilities “to improve the conditions in which migrants await their processes in national territory.”

But for many that doesn’t seem to be the case. Many are disgusted with the new president who seems to be giving into Trump’s xenophobic policies.

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