Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Protecting the vulnerable

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people from Central America and other countries around the world cross Mexico’s land border with the USA to seek safety and a better life. Crossing into the USA without papers means risking your life, as it makes people more vulnerable to gangs and drug cartels who control the border area and are primed to profit from people in desperate situations. People will not stop fleeing their countries and moving north in search of safety, despite Trump’s border control measures. Criminal groups will only gain more power once the border wall is built, charging vulnerable people fortunes to leave their country and make their way to the USA. The USA plans to further militarize its southern border and deny entry to asylum seekers

Migrants and asylum seekers, particularly people from Mexico and Central America, have been repeatedly described as “criminals and rapists” and failed to acknowledge the plight of the thousands of women, children and men who live in “war-like” situations in some of the most dangerous countries on earth, particularly El Salvador and Honduras, and who are effectively forced to flee their homes if they want to live. Trump's administration effectively sought to close the borders to immigrants, including asylum seekers looking for a safe haven in the USA. The Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Executive Order of 25 January aims at ensuring that the process of detaining and expelling migrants and asylum seekers is as swift as possible – fully ignoring the fact that some of these people face mortal danger if sent back to their countries. Rather than allowing people to enter the USA and seek asylum in order to save their lives, US Customs and Border patrol are repeatedly refusing entry to asylum seekers all along the border. Border agents have been known to take the law into their own hands by turning back asylum seekers, telling them they cannot enter. 








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