The United States and Mexico are deporting unaccompanied children to the countries they are fleeing from, according to a report by Amnesty International. Many want to see their relatives in the USA.
According to a report by the organization Amnesty International, Mexican authorities and the USA are sending children from Central America to their home countries – from which they have often fled because of violence or threats. Most of them have family members in the United States and want to see them.
In the past few months, the number of migrants attempting to enter the United States via Mexico has increased significantly. In May, the US Border Protection CBP recorded more than 180,000 illegal crossings of the southern border – more than in a month in 20 years. This also includes many unaccompanied minors, although the number of those from Central America has recently fallen.
Exception for Mexican children
US President Joe Biden has so far retained his predecessor Donald Trump’s rule of rejecting all undocumented migrants at the southern border due to the corona pandemic – including asylum seekers. For unaccompanied minors, it makes an exception for humanitarian reasons – but not, according to the report, for Mexican children.
Like its predecessor, the Biden government is also betting that migrants en route to the USA will be stopped in Mexico and Central America. Biden has appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to take the lead in curbing illegal migration on the US southern border by addressing the root causes of displacement in Central America. Her first trip abroad in office took her to Guatemala and Mexico earlier this week.
Among other things, she discussed the coordination of border protection efforts in the region with its president. “In reality, this means expanding the interception and forced return of thousands of unaccompanied children to their countries of origin where they may be harmed,” Amnesty International said.