“Every time I see my daughters suffer, I feel a lump in my throat. I cry at night. ”
This is how a Honduran mother describes her life in Piedras Negras, a Mexican city across the U.S. from Texas, after being deported to the United States last month with her two- and seven-year-old daughters and other family members. Members of the group he witnessed in Honduras found him in Mexico, he said, adding to fears of violence.
A family from El Salvador who were captured in Mexico by a group that threatened to kill them in their homeland, were also repatriated from the US-Mexico border to Tijuana in February. “I don’t feel safe. I’m very scared. It’s a dangerous place, “said the man, who added that he had recently seen a robbery just waiting.
A 14-year-old Cuban boy, who was deported to Mexico from the US in February by his grandmother, is in a state of shock and fears he has been caught by traffickers, having begun chewing on his fingernails. “Please tell the president to have mercy on us,” his grandmother said.
Here are some of the ones they’ve shared reports, released this week by three U.S. human rights groups, describing how refugees and asylum seekers live on the US-Mexico border or deportation to the U.S. under the Trump administration’s so-called Chapter 42.
“Chapter 42 continues to be proven if the public health system is too disruptive,” said Nicole Ramos, head of the border crossing at Al Otro Lado, a law and human rights group.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Ramos said volunteers had received numerous reports that migrants and those seeking refuge in Tijuana, Mexico, had been arrested by criminal gangs and paid ransom.
“Our staff receive security videos with guns in their heads; “Children are caught in the mouths of barking dogs – they are all threatened that if their families do not pay … they will be killed and their limbs will be disintegrated, so that they will not be cured or identified again,” he said.
492 attacks since the end of January
Originally requested by former President Donald Trump in March 2020 for the COVID-19 epidemic, Chapter 42 allows U.S. officials to they deport many immigrants who reach the U.S. border under the pretext of public health.
While President Joe Biden no longer uses the 42nd chapter to expel unmarried children who reach the border, many families and single adults are being repatriated to Mexico or their home countries. Gen more than 172,000 people were arrested across the border with U.S. officials last month, more than 103,000 were deported under Title 42, according to the U.S. border agency data.
Biden Leadership Officials defending US policy on the border with Mexico, they say they are rebuilding a rescue route that was disrupted by Trump and adding funds to the federation to deal with the many unaccompanied children who arrive.
Biden has also promised to help tackle the “triggers” of migration to southern Mexico and Central America, where many aspiring survivors come from.
But Tuesday reports, entitled, Failure to Protect, and published by Al Otro Lado, Human Rights First and the Haitian Bridge Alliance, are urging administrators to end the 42nd chapter, which groups say are evacuating refugees and those seeking rescue at high risk.
Refugees from the so-called Northern Triangle states of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have been deported to 42, along with people from Haiti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Yemenis, among many others, the report found.
As of January 21, the day after Biden’s inauguration, at least 492 reports of violent attacks on people living on the US-Mexico border or deportations to Mexico from the US say.
“Those seeking refuge for returnees from Mexico are being held, raped and beaten,” said Kennji Kizuka, director of research and analysis for refugee protection at Human Rights First at a press conference.
Black refugees and rescuers, as well as members of the LGBTQ group, were at risk of violence, the report found.
“Many survivors who are afraid to wait in Mexico have been injured trying to cross the border from the port to seek refuge. Some have accidentally lost their lives crossing,” Kizuka said.
A crowded place
The report came after the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that Mexico had observed it a sharp increase in immigrant children So far this year, from 380 to about 3,500 since the beginning of the year.
The liberation movement said that nearly half of children do not have parents, while many live in makeshift shelters.
“Most of the homes I’ve visited in Mexico are already overcrowded and can’t accommodate the number of children and families migrating to the north,” Jean Gough, UNICEF’s Latin America and Caribbean chief, said on Monday.
“We are deeply concerned that in the near future tensions between children and women who have migrated to Mexico will deteriorate.”
On Wednesday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his government was planning to strengthen its southern borders in response to the influx of immigrants, Reuters reporters said.
Mexico also wants to open more shelters, says Lopez Obrador, adding that one child is now crossing the border of three or four adults who have moved there.