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21 Jun 2018 description

Eric Schwartz June 21, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order (EO) on June 20, entitled “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation.” In that executive order, the president announced an intention to alter the policy of separating adult asylum seekers from their children by incarcerating adults and children together while the adults are undergoing criminal prosecution.

20 Jun 2018 description
report UN News Service

Los líderes de las Naciones Unidas han expresado en los últimos días su profunda preocupación por el sufrimiento de los niños migrantes y refugiados. En las últimas semanas, se estima que cerca de 2000 niños se han visto forzados a separarse de sus familias en la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México. Este miércoles, 20 de junio, se conmemora el Día Mundial de los Refugiados.

En los últimos días, varios representantes de las Naciones Unidas han indicado que los niños refugiados no deberían ser separados de sus padres.

20 Jun 2018 description

As we mark World Refugee Day 2018 on June 20, governments confront humanitarian challenges of enormous proportion, with more than 68 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) around the world. The U.S. government has long played a key role in helping meet the needs of refugees and IDPs. Thus, it is appropriate and important that Refugees International (RI) evaluates and offers a report card on the Trump administration’s progress on refugee and humanitarian protection.

20 Jun 2018 description

Michael Clemens and Kate Gough

Each year tens of thousands of children make the difficult journey from Central America to the U.S. border—some with family members and some alone. Amidst a heated and emotional debate about the “right way” to handle these migrants, we need to make sure we’re paying attention to the hard facts about why so many children are coming.

19 Jun 2018 description
report Plan International

WASHINGTON (19 June) – Plan International is urging the U.S. administration to reverse its “zero tolerance” immigration policy and to end the practice of forcibly separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border, including the detention of children taken from their parents.

Such practices are reprehensible, regardless of migrants’ legal status, and are a direct violation of the legal rights of asylum seekers under U.S. law, as well as under treaties to which the U.S. is a ratified party.

19 Jun 2018 description
report Save the Children

Media Contact: Sara Neumann 203.209.6545 (M)

Statement from Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (June 19, 2018) – In response to continued reports of children being separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children, issued the following statement today:

18 Jun 2018 description

By UNHCR | 18 June 2018

GENEVA – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, urges the United States to prioritize family unity and the best interests of children as it implements new border management policies along the US-Mexico border.

“There are effective ways to ensure border control without putting families through the lasting psychological trauma of child-parent separation,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said.

“UNHCR stands ready to support the United States in implementing humane and secure alternatives,” Grandi added.

15 Jun 2018 description

Thousands of medical voices from across the United States have joined forces with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) to urge the Trump administration to immediately halt the separation of migrant and asylum seeking children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

A letter, addressed to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, signed by more than 5,000 experts across the health and child development fields, and calling for swift action, was delivered today to the administration.

12 Jun 2018 description

The United States Attorney General announced today that domestic abuse or gang violence will no longer be considered legal grounds for asylum in the US, a decision that will endanger thousands of people attempting to seek safety from one of the most violent regions in the world.

11 Jun 2018 description

The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is a major corridor for migration further north into the United States

By Ellen Wulfhorst

MCALLEN, Texas, June 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fear of tighter border patrols and tough new laws is silencing victims of human trafficking in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, a prime location for migrants to enter the United States, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation.

05 Jun 2018 description
report Save the Children

Media Contact: Sara Neumann 203.209.6545 (M)

Statement from Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (June 5, 2018) – In response to reports of children being separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children issued the following statement today:

30 May 2018 description

Physicians for Human Rights reiterates the importance of not separating immigrant families and of responsibly caring for unaccompanied immigrant children in custody.

08 May 2018 description

The US government must stop separating asylum-seeking parents from their children and denying them access to asylum procedures through prolonged detention, said Amnesty International today in response to reports of the US Department of Homeland Security’s adoption of a draconian family separation policy that will apply to anyone who presents themselves at the U.S.-Mexico border.

30 Apr 2018 description
  • En torno al tratamiento que deben tener los niños que participan en la caravana de migrantes, el Defensor del Pueblo se refirió a la Comisión sobre el Estatuto del Refugiado que obliga, en este caso, a Estados Unidos y México a respetar las disposiciones sobre el tratamiento a la niñez.

El Comisionado Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, Roberto Herrera Cáceres, exhortó hoy a los Estados receptores a no criminalizar la migración de personas.

30 Apr 2018 description
report Voice of America

A group of about 150 Central American migrants remain in limbo at a U.S. border crossing after U.S. border inspectors said the port of entry did not have enough space to accommodate them.

The migrants, who traveled in a caravan to try to seek asylum in the United States, camped out Monday near the border crossing facility in Tijuana, Mexico, with some inside a port of entry between the two countries. On Sunday, the migrants were stopped from entering the San Ysidro facility because officials said it was at capacity.

24 Apr 2018 description
report Voice of America

According to news reports some members of a caravan of migrants that has been crossing Mexico have arrived at the U.S. border.

The reports say that a several dozen members of the caravan have reached the border in Tijuana, Mexico. A few have applied for asylum, but most are awaiting a larger caravan contingent of about 500 asylum-seekers that is expected to reach the border in coming days.

04 Apr 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

US Congress Should Reject Draconian Asylum Policies

Clara Long
Senior Researcher, US Program

President Donald Trump’s three-day Twitter rant on migrants in Mexico and call to send National Guard troops to the border comes along with a new push from the White House for immigration legislation.

10 Mar 2018 description

Los comisionados están recabando información sobre las causas fundamentales de las desigualdades en salud en la región. Este año presentarán su informe final con recomendaciones concretas para eliminar esas brechas.

22 Feb 2018 description

GENEVA (20 February 2018) - UN human rights experts have called on the United States to urgently address the situation of hundreds of thousands of migrants who arrived in the country as children and now face possible expulsion.