In many instances, as documented in the report, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have illegally turned away asylum seekers without referring them for the required protection screening. This includes a Mexican asylum seeker, who was reportedly told by border patrol that “[Christians] are the people we are giving asylum to, not people like you,” and a Salvadoran child of Christian pastors who witnessed the gang murder of his sister and was turned away after being told, “You cannot ask for asylum right now, you have to be put on a list.”
Today’s report is the culmination of Human Rights First research trips to the border regions of California, Texas, and Arizona, and the Mexican border cities of Reynosa, Matamoros, Nogales, and Tijuana, and is based on 125 cases of individuals and families illegally denied access to U.S. asylum procedures at U.S. ports of entry. Researchers spoke with asylum seekers, attorneys, non-profit legal staff, faith-based groups assisting refugees, and migrant shelter staff in preparing today’s report.
Human Rights First’s finding’s include:
“These improper border rejections send the wrong message to countries around the world that are hosting the vast majority of the world’s refugees. The United States should provide global leadership by upholding, rather than violating, international law. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security must ensure that all border agents comply with U.S. law and U.S. treaty commitments,” added Human Rights First’s Eleanor Acer.
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