A story in the Washington Post demonstrates how desperate asylum seekers are getting as they spend months and months in tent cities in Mexico, awaiting for their cases to be heard.
As writer Kevin Seiff documents, children are getting sick as the weather gets more severe and the conditions are primitive, leading their parents to become increasingly desperate enough to send their children alone across the border.
“This is such heart-wrenching news,” says Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, coordinator of justice, peace and integrity of creation for the Viatorian Community. “We need to share this news.”
Seiff’ story and its numbers highlight the growing frustration and desperation of migrants seeking protection from the danger and violence in their home countries.
“More than 47,000 migrants have been sent back to Mexico since MPP (Migrant Protection Protocols) started in January,” Seiff writes. “Through September, 9,974 cases had been completed; only 11 migrants, or 0.1 percent, had received asylum, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, a research center at Syracuse University.”
Read the entire story, including specific family testimonials, here.