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PHOTOS: House Democrats at the Border Draw Attention to Remain in Mexico

 

Today, a delegation of House Democrats crossed the border near Brownsville, Texas to bring attention to the terrible Trump Administration policy called “Remain in Mexico.”

Remain in Mexico, also known as MPP, was implemented a year ago and has forced some 60,000 asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while applying for asylum. Their waits last for months in dangerous conditions — hundreds have reported kidnappings, rapes, assaults, and other violent crimes. At the end of the process, migrants are subjected to tent courts which spend just minutes on each case, reject nearly all applications, and lack transparent procedures.

The delegation today discovered a six-year-old girl with a heart defect and Down’s Syndrome who had sent to MPP yesterday, even though children with medical conditions are not supposed to be turned away at the border. The Democrats were able to get the girl into the U.S. while her family’s asylum case is considered, but the incident raises the question of how many similar cases have been turned away.

Members of the visiting delegation included Reps. Rep. Peter DeFazio, Suzanne Bonamici, Nanette Barragan, Linda Sanchez, Ben Ray Luján, Rose DeLauro, Joaquin Castro, Chuy García, Filemon Vela, Norma Torres, and Marcy Kaptur, all Democrats.

View just some of their photos and tweets below.