Nearly 500 acts of violence have been perpetrated against asylum-seekers who were denied entry into the U.S. via the southern border since Joe Biden was elected president, according to a joint report from Human Rights First, Haitian Bridge Alliance, and Al Otro Lado.
The report titled, “Failure to Protect: Biden Administration Continues Illegal Trump Policy to Block and Expel Asylum Seekers to Danger” found at least 492 cases of violent acts targeting asylum-seekers who had been blocked from requesting asylum protection at the U.S.-Mexico border or were expelled. The violent attacks include kidnapping, rape, and assault.
The numbers are based on “more than 110 in-person interviews and an electronic survey of more than 1,200 asylum-seekers in the Mexican state of Baja California,” according to the Intercept.
The report found that “family separation is still occurring, and the illegal expulsions policy continues to endanger unaccompanied children,” and noted that some children are being expelled from the U.S. “without the proper screening for trafficking risk.”
“CBP continues to separate children from their adult relatives who are expelled to Mexico — increasing the number of children held alone in influx facilities and shelters,” Human Rights First stated.
CBP stated there were 18,890 unaccompanied children encountered by U.S. border authorities in March — a 100% increase over February. There were also 53,000 family unit aliens encountered at the southern border in March, and over 172,000 people total attempted to enter the United States.
Human Rights First interviewed over 150 asylum-seekers in March and April, none of which were “referred to apply for asylum or given a protection screening by U.S. immigration officers before being expelled to Mexico.”
“The Biden administration has blocked and expelled asylum-seeking families and adults from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cuba, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Russia, Somalia, Venezuela, and Yemen. African, Caribbean, and other Black asylum seekers and migrants have been left particularly