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Democrats call for end to Remain in Mexico asylum policy


Added 08-28-19 04:57:03pm EST - “A group of 23 Democratic and two independent senators who caucus with them on Tuesday wrote a letter to Trump administration officials asking them to end a policy that forces some asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims…” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Democrats call for end to Remain in Mexico asylum policy”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A group of 23 Democratic and two independent senators who caucus with them on Tuesday wrote a letter to Trump administration officials asking them to end a policy that forces some asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims process.

The senators in the letter to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump administration preparing for talks with Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen: report State Department opens interim Venezuela office in Colombia amid internal conflict Trump leans into deal-maker reputation MORE and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan question the legality and impact on U.S. interests and migrant safety of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the Remain in Mexico policy. 

"Under the Remain in Mexico policy, the United States has turned its back on its domestic and international legal obligations by forcing men, women, and children to await resolution of their U.S. asylum cases in parts of Mexico plagued by violence," the senators wrote. 

"While in Mexico, these asylum seekers have limited access to lawyers and shelter, which makes it nearly impossible for them to prepare their cases and effectively denies them meaningful access to the U.S. asylum system," they added.

The lawmakers noted increasing violence in cities where asylum-seekers have been made to stay and cited instances in which they were affected by violence. 

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