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OpinionWe need to fix our broken asylum system

17:35  08 february  2019
17:35  08 february  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Rights groups sue Trump admin for making asylum seekers wait in Mexico

Rights groups sue Trump admin for making asylum seekers wait in Mexico The Trump administration began turning back asylum seekers at the border between Tijuana and San Diego late last month. They began by denying entry to single men and recently started including families with children. The plaintiffs point out that the areas where asylum seekers are forced to wait in Mexico are experiencing record levels of violence. In Tijuana in December two Central American boys who were part of a migrant caravan were lured out of a shelter and murdered. The judge could temporarily block the policy, teeing up yet another fight between the Trump administration and immigration advocates.

Mainly, the U . S . needs to mend its broken asylum system — and the solutions are more straightforward than you might think. The surge in asylum applications by Central Americans since 2010 has been driven mostly by illegal border crossings. In fact, a staggering 99 percent of the 94,285

Congress may need to find a lasting solution to fix a broken asylum system to prevent future waves of caravan Mexico deported 98 migrants who allegedly staged a brawl on Sunday breaking a fence of the Federal Police in the Nielsen said “ Make no mistake; you will not get into our country illegally.”

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Conjuring images of duct tape and kidnapping, the president offered an insistent call to action about human trafficking at the border. The White House on twitter noted that, "[t]his is an urgent humanitarian issue" and that "[a]nyone who says there is no border crisis needs to talk to victims who have lived it."

I am an attorney in the anti-trafficking field for over 10 years and the founder of the second law school clinic nationally focused on representing human trafficking victims. I have talked to many victims and my clients have never told me about duct tape. In fact, most of their stories do not involve the border. Instead, many cases involve U.S. citizens who have aged out of foster care and residential programs. Trump's claim that we should shut down the border to end trafficking is equivalent to shutting down child protective services to protect these victims. It is not only wrong but it exacerbates the root causes of trafficking.

Trump administration begins returning asylum seekers to Mexico

Trump administration begins returning asylum seekers to Mexico A Honduran man seeking asylum in the U.S. was sent to Tijuana under the Trump administration's new policy requiring asylum applicants to stay in Mexico while their cases play out.

Mainly, the U . S . needs to mend its broken asylum system — and the solutions are more straightforward than you might think. The surge in asylum applications by Central Americans since 2010 has been driven mostly by illegal border crossings. In fact, a staggering 99 percent of the 94,285

The system isn't broken because the rules are wrong. It's that we 're not applying them adequately Rather than seeing refugees as inevitably dependent upon humanitarian assistance, we need to If refugees were simply allowed to travel directly and seek asylum in Europe, we would avoid that, and

Having just returned from Tijuana, I saw a humanitarian crisis, but it is not the one that Trump describes. I traveled with a group of law professors and students to provide legal advice and assistance to refugees applying for asylum. We were confronted with scenes of desperation. Young children, who were sick and lack medical care, waiting with their parents for the chance to apply for asylum.

Vulnerable asylum seekers - such as the transgender woman we met - feared that she would face harassment and abuse in Mexico. We watched another female refugee was abused by her partner in broad daylight. She and onlookers did not dare call the Mexican police, for fear that they would be harassed or deported. Without hope and a chance at protection these refugees will increasingly turn to smugglers. They are even more vulnerable to trafficking.

New US asylum policy begins with one migrant

New US asylum policy begins with one migrant The man held a backpack in one hand and a folder in the other. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Reporters swarmed around him as Mexican immigration officials whisked him into a van and drove away. The chaotic scene of one Honduran migrant stepping foot on Mexican soil Tuesday marked the beginning of a major change in US policy.

There is an urgent need for a new asylum system that is fair, efficient and compassionate said Amnesty Asylum -seekers should not be forced to travel irregularly within the EU to reunite with their families. This must be rectified. A new system should also consider wider family links as a relevant

Mainly, the U . S . needs to mend its broken asylum system — and the solutions are more straightforward than you might think. Trump is right that the U . S . asylum system “is being overwhelmed by migration through our southern border.” Unfortunately, his remedies not only violate

Meanwhile, victims - seeking to leave or to report to law enforcement-are increasingly afraid due to policies under the Trump administration. While immigration benefits -T visas for trafficking victims and U visas for victims of violent crime - exist for victims of trafficking and violent crime, these are increasingly out of reach.

They require cooperation with law enforcement, which can be increasingly challenging in uncertain times such as these. Immigration & Customs Enforcement has repeatedly made statements that they cannot assure victims who step forward that they will have protection. In addition, the Trump administration has made it more challenging for victims to obtain such immigration benefits. Under a new policy announced this summer, if victims apply for benefits and are denied, they likely will be placed in deportation proceedings. Additionally, applications for these benefits are now taking many months if not years. Thus, victims face impossible choices.

Australia says last child refugees to leave Nauru camp

Australia says last child refugees to leave Nauru camp Australia has announced that the last child refugees held on the Pacific atoll of Nauru will soon be sent to the United States, ending the banishment of children under the government's harsh asylum-seeker policy. The psychiatric and physical suffering of children has been the major concern since Australia started sending asylum seekers who attempt to reach by boat to an immigration camp on Nauru or men-only facilities on Papua New Guinea. The U.S. agreed to accept up to 1,250 refugees. More than 1,000 others remain on the islands and face uncertain futures.

Mainly, the U . S . needs to mend its broken asylum system — and the solutions are more straightforward than you might think. The surge in asylum applications by Central Americans since 2010 has been driven mostly by illegal border crossings. In fact, a staggering 99 percent of the 94,285

They then develop targeted policies to fix the problems. From there, states track their progress to see which reforms are working the best to prevent While the experience of each state is, of course, unique, we ’ve seen some creative ways that states are revamping their criminal justice systems .

The president cites compelling statistics to bolster his claims about human trafficking. He notes that 1,588 trafficking arrests occurred last fiscal year with 1,543 for sex trafficking. This is indeed true. What it fails to note is that according to a study in 2015, 93.9 percent of the defendants were U.S. citizens. Also, while trafficking does occur along the border, it also occurs in almost all jurisdictions of our country. For example, while Texas was a leader in trafficking prosecutions, it was joined by jurisdictions in Florida, Missouri and Pennsylvania.

The President is right to focus on duct tape. While rarely a tool of traffickers, it is needed to fix our broken asylum system. This administration's policies have prevented vulnerable asylum seekers from presenting themselves at the border and having their asylum claims expeditiously processed.

Moreover, in March 7, 2018, then-attorney general Sessions issued the decision in Matter of A-B- to severely circumscribe the ability to grant asylum to certain victims of domestic violence, gang-based violence and other categories. This decision has been challenged by the ACLU and recently resulted in a federal court injunction. Such short-term fixes are helpful but insufficient. Refugees at the border and victims of trafficking must have legally viable avenues to come forward and present their claims. Allowing them to step out of the shadows is the only route forward to combat trafficking.

Julie Dahlstrom is a clinical associate professor at Boston University School of Law and the director of the BU Law Immigrants Rights and Human Trafficking program.

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