The common barriers to return in the cases of Rohingya refugees and South Sudanese IDPs prompt serious questions about how to ensure the safety and voluntariness of returns.
Refugees International is very concerned about the administration’s negotiated arrangements to return asylum seekers to danger in Mexico and Central America. These policies and agreements effectively bypass the laws Congress adopted to protect refugees. Contrary to what the administration claims, these policies will also increase smuggling and trafficking.
Americans are well acquainted with the influx of Central American asylum seekers along the southern United States border. But the Central Americans are not alone. Lost in the news cycle are people of many nationalities who have crossed continents to seek refuge in the United States. One such group from Cameroon has been forced to flee in part by contradictions in U.S. policy, only to have America slam the door in their face.
In written testimony submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Senior U.S. Advocate Yael Schacher details how the Remain in Mexico (MPP) is undermining the right to seek asylum in the United States, the egregious treatment of asylum seekers by CBP, and how Mexico is struggling to handle the return of asylum seekers.