Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives

by International Rescue Committee
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives

Each day hundreds of families cross the border from Mexico to the United States in search of safety and security. U.S. policy changes mean an increasing number of people are stuck in Mexican border towns while others are being forcibly returned under the administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. These new policy changes mean an increasing number of people are stuck on the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. and Mexico border spans almost 2,000 miles. People living all along the border, but particularly in the eastern portion, are struggling to survive the crime and violence associated with criminal gangs -- including trafficking of drugs, weapons, money, and people.

Children are reported to be at risk of sexual abuse, gang recruitment and violence, and women are vulnerable targets of criminal gangs engaging in human trafficking. A recent IRC survey found an unusually high number of families (about 20 percent) citing safety and protection from violence and gangs as priority concerns, neither of which rank so prominently in similar assessments around the world.

The IRC is working to support programs on the border, but more funding is urgently needed. The IRC is currently setting up programs through local partners in Northern Mexico to aid migrants and asylum seekers stuck in border towns. We are establishing programming to support women and girls who have experienced violence by supporting increased access to services such as medical care and psychosocial assistance. The IRC continues to assess the impact and plan to scale up our response; however, it is urgent that international donors make emergency funding available to shore up a response commensurate with the needs. IRC is also scaling up its work in El Salvador and on the U.S. side of the border to reach those in need.

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For his annual State of the Union address, President Trump chose the theme "American Greatness," but he failed to highlight what truly makes America great: our legacy of supporting people affected by violence and persecution here and around the world. Instead, President Trump distorted the record on people seeking asylum at the border. Notably absent from the President’s remarks were the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the historic scale of forced displacement globally.

Let’s set the record straight.

Correcting the Record: The U.S. Southern Border

It comes as no surprise that the President used his State of the Union speech to demand funding for the border wall under the guise of a manufactured ‘crisis’. In reality, the number of irregular border crossings, as reflected in Customs and Border Patrol’s arrest statistics, are the lowest they’ve been in decades. The real crisis is the instability in Central America which is forcing people to flee for their lives, coupled with the administration’s systematic attacks on these same vulnerable individuals. Rather than offering safe haven, the U.S. administration continues to erode safe pathways by blocking people from claiming asylum, separating families as part of its ‘zero tolerance’ effort, and forcibly returning asylum seekers to Mexico as part of the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.

Seeking asylum is legal. Turning asylum seekers away is not. The “Remain in Mexico” policy robs asylum seekers of their due process rights, including access to legal counsel, and will expose thousands of families and children to unsafe conditions. Therefore, the IRC calls on the U.S. Administration to rescind this cruel and irresponsible policy, follow domestic and international law, and uphold America’s humanitarian commitments.

A True Legacy of Greatness: Welcoming Refugees in the U.S

Finally, President Trump neglected to address the historic global refugee crisis. Right now, over 68.5 million people are forcibly displaced from their homes, including over 25 million refugees who have fled their countries in search of safety. These numbers are the highest since World War II. Although he invoked the memory of the horrors of the Holocaust, the president failed to acknowledge the countless lives that could have been saved had Jewish refugees not been turned away by the United States. The president overlooked how his administration’s own refugee policies are harming Iraqis and Afghans who have fought alongside American troops.

America’s legacy of greatness as a safe haven for refugees is in jeopardy. In September 2018, the administration set the lowest refugee admissions since the resettlement program was established. To make matters worse, based on the current pace of refugee admissions, it is unlikely that even this extremely low ceiling will be met. This simply is not enough. The United States must never abandon its proud legacy of offering stability to people fleeing war and oppression. 

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