Saturday, June 30, 2018
The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) has released the following article, which is extremely timely given the government's current management of ports of entry and zero tolerance criminal prosecution policies at the border:
Blockading Asylum Seekers at Ports of Entry at the US-Mexico Border Puts Them at Increased Risk of Exploitation, Violence, and Death
by Josiah Heyman and Jeremy Slack
Although US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has insisted that asylum seekers must pass through ports-of-entry (POEs), rather than between them, it has denied potential non-Mexican asylum seekers access to the inspection area at POEs, and left them stranded in Mexico. CBP has done this by turning away at the international boundary line those without admission documents and those who express a desire to present themselves for asylum. This essay examines how, by turning away vulnerable people at the border, US authorities worsen the risks asylum seekers face, subjecting many to violence, extortion, kidnapping, and trafficking in Mexico.