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Since the Trump administration implemented its Migrant Protection Protocols in January, more than 51,000 people have been required to wait in Mexico as their court proceedings play out in the U.S. But when "CBS This Morning" embedded with Doctors Without Borders in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, physicians said the policies are inflicting lasting trauma on migrants – and putting their lives at risk.
"If they are identified as migrants in the streets, they might be kidnapped," said Dr. Fabiola Pintero, with Doctors Without Borders. "It's that dangerous."
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Pintado said that more than half of the asylum seekers they've spoken to have been victims of some sort of violence.
"It's not safe for them to be here," he said.
"CBS This Morning" spoke to a Honduran woman, who is part of MPP, who said that her husband was kidnapped when they got sent back to Mexico. He was eventually released because the couple couldn't afford the ransom.
Felipe Reyes, a psychologist at one of the MPP shelters, has treated asylum seekers for everything from depression to PTSD.
"I've seen people kidnapped twice," he said.
A new report from Physicians for Human Rights states that "U.S. policies have stranded asylum seekers" in Mexico, where they are "vulnerable to violence, theft, and extortion by cartels, gangs, and police authorities." The group says 12 out of the 15 asylum seekers they spoke to showed signs of post-traumatic stress disorder – and that even children reported having symptoms.
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A new caravan with about 2000 migrants among them Cubans, Haitians, Africans, and Central Americans, start their journey to the north from Tapachula, Mexico, on Oct. 12. This new caravan have been stranded for six months near the border between Mexico and Guatemala, awaiting documents that allow them to transit through Mexican territory.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents open the gates to the port of entry after a group of migrants, who returned to Mexico to await their U.S. asylum hearing, had returned to Matamoros after blocking the Puerta Mexico international border crossing bridge to demand a speedier asylum process in Matamoros, Mexico on Oct. 10.
An asylum seeker, who returned to Mexico to await her U.S. asylum hearing, talks about her concerns, and reasons for which they cannot go back to their country as she blocks the Puerta Mexico border crossing bridge in Matamoros, Mexico, on Oct. 10.
Guatemalan asylum seeker Nery R. Choc plays with his daughter Maylin A. Choc Xo in an encampment near the Gateway International Bridge after being sent back under the "Remain In Mexico" program officially named Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) in Matamoros, Mexico, on Oct. 5.
A Mexican boy draws with crayons while his family waits in Tijuana, for their names to be called from a waiting list to claim asylum at a border crossing in San Diego, on Sept. 26.
Exclusive: U.S. migrant policy sends thousands of children, including babies, back to Mexico
Exclusive: U.S. migrant policy sends thousands of children, including babies, back to MexicoAlong the U.S.-Mexico border, babies and toddlers are living in high-crime cities - often in crowded shelters and tents or on the streets - for the weeks or months it takes to get a U.S. asylum hearing.
A migrant returning to Mexico from the U.S. under the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) shows documents to an U.S. border protection agent at Paso del Norte border bridge in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Sept. 19.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer checks the documents of migrants who are on their way to apply for asylum in the United States, on International Bridge 1 as they depart Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, on Sept. 17.
In southern Mexico, migrants gather in caravan aiming to reach U.S.
In southern Mexico, migrants gather in caravan aiming to reach U.S.TAPACHULA, Mexico (Reuters) - Several hundred migrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Central America set off from southern Mexico on Saturday in a caravan headed to the United States, according to a Reuters witness and local media.
A National Guard soldier observes migrants after crossing illegally into El Paso, Texas, to turn themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents to ask for asylum, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Sept. 15.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., refers to a chart as she criticizes President Donald Trump for diverting federally appropriated funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, at the Capitol in Washington, on Sept. 12.
Families, mostly from Central America, wait to be transported to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing center after they crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico and presented themselves to border agents on Sept. 10, in Los Ebanos, Texas.
A section of the border fence between Mexico and the United States is pictured at Anapra neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, on Sept. 3.
Trump administration pays NGOs who helped migrants
Federal officials began Friday to reimburse organizations that fed, sheltered, and transported migrants released this year in American towns near the US-Mexico border.The Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized $7.8 million in an initial wave of funding, part of $30 million in aid set aside for border communities in a $4.6 billion emergency aid package Congress approved in June that mostly went to federal agencies.
Migrants from Haiti and Africa protest in front of federal police, outside the Siglo XXI immigrant detention center, demanding that Mexican migration authorities speed up issuing their humanitarian visas so they can travel to the U.S., in Tapachula, Mexico, on Aug. 27.
A demonstrator holds up a banner calling for freedom for African migrants in Tapachula, Mexico, on Aug. 26.
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According to the administration's protocols, also known as "Remain in Mexico," all asylum seekers are now required to wait in Mexico for the entirety of their court proceedings.
"With MPP, migrants are receiving due process and protection while the United States is restoring integrity to our immigration system," said Acting Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Mark Morgan.
The mayor in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico insists the city safe and the violence is under control. Last month, U.S. officials apprehended or turned away approximately 52,000 migrants, a more than 60% decline from the peak in May. CBP said Tuesday that the immigration crackdown is working.
Impeachment inquiry shows Trump at the center of Ukraine efforts against rivals .
A growing body of evidence makes clear it was Trump himself who repeatedly pushed his own government and a foreign power to intervene in domestic political concerns.Over two weeks of closed-door testimony, a clear portrait has emerged of a president personally orchestrating the effort to pressure a foreign government to dig up dirt on a potential 2020 political rival — and marshaling the full resources of the federal bureaucracy to help in that endeavor.
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