The Trump administration has announced that all asylum seekers attempting to enter the country through the southern border will be kept in Mexico while their claim is processed.
The policy will apply to all asylum seekers regardless of whether Mexico is their country of origin or not.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen indicated that part of the reasoning behind the policy has to do with the Flores settlement, which prevents the U.S. government from detaining children for an extended period of time.
Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez’s body was found with signs of extensive hemorrhaging and contusions after her death in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.
The 33-year-old trans woman fell ill and died on May 25 while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and may very likely have been beaten prior to her death according to an independent autopsy.
The Washington Post reported that the autopsy showed signs of extensive hemorrhaging around her wrists consistent with handcuff injuries as well as bruises and contusions typical of blunt force trauma.
The president told U.S. troops to treat the rocks thrown by migrants like rifles and gave the troops permission to “fight back.”
The terrifying rhetoric comes only one day after the president announced he would send as many as 15,000 U.S. troops to the border to fend off the approaching group of migrants seeking refuge and asylum in the United States.
The so-called caravan primarily consists of women and children seeking relief from violence, poverty, and hunger in Central America.
The president is threatening to send as many as 15,000 troops to guard the U.S.-Mexico border as a large group of migrants attempt to gain entry into the country.
The heavy-handed response would see three times the number of troops stationed in Iraq sent to the U.S.-Mexico border; it would also exceed the number of troops in Afghanistan.
It is unclear whether or not the troops at the border will be required to adhere to posse comitatus, which is a law which was passed after the Civil War and prohibits anyone from using the armed forces to uphold domestic laws.
The administration is reportedly planning to send some 5,000 troops to block the approaching group of migrants.
Original estimates saw roughly 800 troops being sent to the border, but the president’s inflammatory rhetoric has stirred up hysteria surrounding the asylum seekers and refugees making their way through Mexico.
Many of the individuals in the so-called caravan are from Honduras, a country the United States helped to destabilize in 2009.
The caravan of central American migrants is approaching the United States-Mexico border, its numbers having swelled to at least 7,000.
The president’s response thus far has been to threaten to withdraw aid from Honduras, to call for the declaration of a national emergency, and to threaten to send the military to the border to keep the caravan from entering the United States.
He has also claimed that “unknown Middle Easterners” have taken up with the caravan in an effort to enter the country.
A caravan of some 1,600 Honduran migrants is approaching the U.S. through Guatemala in search of asylum and legal immigration.
The migrants gathered in the city of San Pedro Sula in Honduras on Saturday and passed into Guatemala on Monday in spite of the government’s attempts to dissuade them from making the journey.
President Trump has threatened to cut aid to Honduras if the caravan does not turn back and has already floated the idea of reinstating the infamous Zero Tolerance Policy at the U.S.-Mexico border as White House advisor Stephen Miller advocates for harsher consequences for those who cross the border.
Because he was neither a famous chef nor an iconic fashion designer, because he was just an immigrant, Marco Antonio Muñoz’s suicide last month never made headlines.
And because his death is rooted in Border Patrol’s inhumane practice of separating children from their parents, it’s likely that his story will never be widely known.
In early May, Muñoz, his wife, and their 3-year-old son attempted to cross the border to seek asylum from their native country of Honduras, which has been experiencing epidemic levels of violence and homicide.
Once they arrived, the entire family was broken apart.
Some 90,000 Hondurans have been told to return to their country after the White House announced on Friday the repeal of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Honduran citizens.
Honduras is the latest country to lose TPS, immediately following Nepal. The move has raised the question of whether or not this may be the end of the TPS program all together.
So far, the only countries to be granted TPS renewal are South Sudan and Syria, leaving hundreds of thousands of people from dozens of countries to face the prospect of deportation and a return to a country that they may not have known for decades.
The decision seems in line with the president’s recent comments suggesting that the country shut down its borders for an indeterminate period of time until we resolve our immigration issues — namely, until we approve the funding for the president’s border wall.
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security announced the addition of Nepal to the list of countries now stripped of their Temporary Protected Status (TPS), forcing refugees from those nations living in the U.S. to leave the country.
UPDATE: 05/04/2018 12:28 PM PST: The administration has officially revoked TPS for Honduran citizens, condemning 57,000 refugees living in the U.S.
The full list of countries that have already lost TPS or are scheduled for review also include Syria, Yemen, Sudan, South Sudan, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Somalia.
Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone were all denied TPS last year, and Haiti and El Salvador will join them in 2019.
Interestingly, nearly every country on the list is one that the U.S. has had quite a bit of involvement with, whether military or diplomatic.