Trump Changes Make It Difficult For Migrants To Gain Asylum


It to me more than fifty five thousand migrants have been forced to wait in Mexico for their day in US immigration court under the trump administration program known as remain in Mexico it's one of several key changes that have made it extremely difficult to win asylum here just a tiny fraction of migrants in the program less than one percent have gotten protection and sometimes even those who do win are sent back immigrant advocates of identified at least seventeen cases I asked mark Morgan the acting commissioner of U. S. customs and border protection why I don't think that should be happening I described case uses situation to Morgan he said any migrant who wins their case should be allowed into the US that that's happen the way you described that then then that's that's an anomaly it's a mistake but we'll we'll take a look at that that was at a press conference last month last week customs and border protection cut back to us and said the agency can return migrants to Mexico while officials consider whether to appeal but immigration lawyers disagree and in this case officials gave his his paperwork saying a judge had ordered him to appear in court which wasn't true the paperwork also listed a hearing date in November but that date didn't appear on any court docket because it wasn't real they put a fake date on a piece of paper that says you have an upcoming hearing and there was no hearing Kenji because you cut is a lawyer with a nonprofit human rights first he took on hace uses case after you've already won in immigration court the fact that the commissioner doesn't even know who's being sent to Mexico under the program is really troubling it's that kind of lack of care and attention that is putting people's lives at risk customs and border protection denies using fake court dates the trump administration says it is trying to limit asylum by discouraging what it considers fraudulent claims because UK says the administration is turning away legitimate cases to the trump administration is trying to basically fry in refugees away from the United States to make it so scary and dangerous for them to come to the border and ask for help that they just give up and go away we're never come to begin with for he Seuss it was too dangerous to stay in Venezuela a country that's been rocked by political upheaval Hey suse was a police officer his superiors ordered him to arrest members of a political opposition party on bogus charges he refused and president but circle shown a semi Yasumi familiar they started to preserve me and my family they killed my father and my mother was followed she was threatened with its still and beatings don't know you will be a hay Seuss says he was jailed and beaten and that his father died after being refused treatment for a heart condition at a local government hospital this is when he and his mother decided to leave yeah but only by already I already lost my father and didn't want to lose my mother so I sold all my belongings in Venezuela political somewhat they're gonna continue Minnesota that was the beginning of a five month saga for hay Seuss and his mother they try to put their names on a waiting list to request asylum at a port of entry in Texas but they say they were told repeatedly by the keepers of that list in Mexico that it was full so they crossed illegally and turn themselves over to the border patrol he sees his mother was detained in Louisiana but Hey Zeus was sent back to Mexico and released wanting Pinto Sally it as I was about to leave the Mexican immigration office one of the officials told me with the way that you look cool you won't go fifty steps without being kidnapped and went up us work on this project with throw hay Seuss was dropped off in wave a Laredo Mexico or migrants are frequently targeted by cartels he says he did witness kidnapping and violence and even narrowly avoided being kidnapped himself he sues managed to escape from a group of thugs at the bus station he was on his way to meet his lawyer Kenji because you cut in person for the first time together they tried once again to get hay Seuss into the U. S. because you guys showed immigration authorities the judge's order granting hay Seuss protection in the U. S. in order that the government never appealed we were sent to you know different officers and they told us that and his use was not going to be allowed into the United States one officer told me that by going back to Mexico his deportation had already been carried out could you could says he spent more than four hours arguing with officers at the border well the staff at human rights first called homeland security in Washington members of Congress anyone they could think up for help finally without explanation immigration officials relented and let his who's in he's now in Florida reunited with his sister and mother they're all fighting for full asylum protections which would give them a path to citizenship in the US he's who says he hoped this would all be easier Gideon okay sentimental Khaleel a I hope not treatment would be warmer and more humane officials are really harsh and insulting my currency and the system is really complicated they see through my areas on the complete I'll still Hey suse is grateful to be here he knows a lot of people from Venezuela who are still in Mexico waiting for their day in U. S. immigration court toll roads NPR news

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