US: COVID-19 policies risk asylum seeker’s lives

Originally published by Human Rights Watch on 01/04/2020


The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, known as “Remain in Mexico,” is driving asylum seekers to stay in unhygienic camps and shelters in Mexican border cities where they are at heightened risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus.This new restrictions includes denying entry into the US to unaccompanied children, which was previously allowed. This pushes children to live in unhygienic conditions that increase the risk of contracting the coronavirus. In addition, all the immigration court hearings have been rescheduled until May 1.Human Rights Watch found the camps and shelters along the border are often overcrowded, so that people living in close contact with one another are forced to share very limited, rudimentary sanitation facilities. They also lack running water.

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