Hundreds of Thousands of Migrants Are Stranded in Tent Camps Because of Trump
“There is – right now, at this very moment – a humanitarian crisis unfolding at our southern border. And we are not paying enough attention to it.”
Along the northern Mexican border, hundreds of thousands of migrants are currently stranded in tent camps, because Trump’s “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MMP) won’t let them into the U.S.
Among the many measures the Trump administration has set to keep migrants from entering the country quickly is the MMP, or as it is often referred to, the “Remain in Mexico” policy. It requires that most asylum seekers have to wait for their court hearings in Mexico after they’re processed by U.S. immigration.
Prior to the policy, migrants would be released into the U.S. after processing. Now, they are given papers telling them to wait in Mexico until their immigration hearing, many of which happen months after migrants arrive.
According to the ACLU, this forces migrants to wait in bordering cities like Ciudad Juárez and Matamoro in tent encampments or crowded shelter systems set up by the government. Because of their circumstances, migrants are vulnerable to robbery, kidnapping and assault.
“There is – right now, at this very moment – a humanitarian crisis unfolding at our southern border. And we are not paying enough attention to it,” ACLU staff reporter Ashoka Mukpo stated.
Rumors are also circulating that those living in the encampments will be rounded up and taken to a stadium miles away from the border. When asked to confirm whether the migrants will be moved, representative of the Texas Tamaulipas Trade Office said that he could not confirm the exact plan of action, but something had to be done to deter them from staying in the streets and expecting to legally migrate into the U.S., which he reportedly said they only have about a “2 percent chance to do.”
Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM) also offered to build a shelter in Mexico where migrants could be housed, but the U.S. State Department never properly coordinated with them.