US creating border crisis by stalling asylum cases, advocates say
Rights groups say it’s ‘inconceivable’ US prioritised fortifying border over processing asylum cases expeditiously.
The long wait
Tabsangh’s wait to enter the US came as thousands of Central Americans, part of a mass exodus, trickled into Tijuana area to sign up on the waiting list to seek asylum in the US.
Many told Al Jazeera they are fleeing violence, poverty or political persecution. The first of the highly visible groups, originally dubbed caravans and now a self-denominated exodus, left Honduras last month.
More than 5,000 migrants and refugees are now in Tijuana, and most of them are staying in a local stadium complex that is more than 2,000 people over capacity. Subsequent waves of the exodus, largely from Honduras and El Salvador, are making their way up through Mexico.
Trump administration “asylum ban” violates existing law
- On Nov. 19, a U.S. federal court in San Francisco temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s new “asylum ban,” saying it violates existing law and would cause irreparable harm to immigrants.
- The IRC is strongly opposed to the administration’s decision to deny safe haven to families like those in the Central American caravan who are seeking asylum.
- This ban would not address the root causes of this crisis: Current levels of violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are akin to those in the world’s deadliest war zones, and continue to increase.
- The IRC is providing emergency support in El Salvador to families affected by violence. In the U.S., we are assisting families being reunified or released from federal custody, and those awaiting the outcome of their proceedings.
- Read the IRC Statement
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