policy to stay in Mexico affects 75,000 migrants at the border | New


On Thursday, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) denounced that the United States’ Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), known as “Remain-in-Mexico”, affected more than 75,000 migrants at the border mexican.


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The IRC assured that Title 42, a measure imposed by the Donald Trump administration (2017-2021) to deport migrants due to the pandemic, has generated more than 2 million deportations and violated the right of people to seek asylum.

“The implementation of harmful border policies under the previous US administration, which are still in place, forced Mexico to respond to growing humanitarian needs,” said IRC Mexico Director Rafael Velasquez.

This international organization has interviewed nearly 900 people in Tijuana, Mexicali, Nogales and Ciudad Juarez, on Mexico’s northern border, where the MPP forces them to stay while US authorities process their asylum claims. About 96% of respondents said they have no means of support and 17% of migrants depend entirely on humanitarian aid.

More than half of those surveyed had experienced insecurity or crime in Mexico. The most reported risks were sexual violence (23%), kidnapping (19%) and threats (16%). RIC research has also highlighted that children and women are among the groups most at risk of sexual violence.

Migrants at the border are also vulnerable to sexual exploitation, human trafficking and forced recruitment by criminal groups. Nearly 90% of respondents indicated that they need to access health services and 25% of them have serious health conditions.

In contrast, 83% of respondents cannot cover their daily diet and 34% meditate on the streets to survive.


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