US-Mexico Border Delegation
Amnesty International Delegation to the US-Mexico Border
Amnesty International Canada Secretary General Alex Neve is currently part of a delegation of senior Amnesty leadership who are visiting the Mexico/USA border to witness the impacts of US policy on migrants and asylum seekers.
The delegation will be travelling from January 27 to 31, 2019. They will be meeting with Mexican and US authorities, documenting conditions at shelters in Tijuana for families and individuals whom the US had denied access to asylum protections, and meeting with non-governmental organizations directly working with asylum-seekers and migrants in El Paso.
Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA, stated:
“We have come together to show the US government that the eyes of the world are on the southern border. While President Trump continues to fight for a border wall, thousands of children and families are being forced to wait for protection while enduring dangerous conditions in Mexico.
“The US government has manufactured this crisis, defying international law while heartlessly putting families and individuals in harm’s way. Families and individuals travelling to the border are not a national security crisis—they are people like you and me, except that they have left their home to seek protection from persecution and violence. We must not abandon those who have lost everything and are trying to rebuild their lives.”
For live updates follow @alexneveamnesty on Twitter.
Reports from the Field
At the U.S. southern border, President Trump’s obsession with divisive symbols like a wall is just part of his continued efforts to stigmatize people desperately in need of protection. The U.S. government has manufactured this crisis, defying international law while heartlessly putting families and individuals in harm’s way.
This is a special insider’s briefing on the human rights crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. You will hear Margaret Huang, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, and Denise C. Bell a researcher at Amnesty International USA report on the delegation of Amnesty leaders sent to monitor the impact of U.S. policy on asylum seekers and migrants traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border.
This conference call was recorded on April 9, 2019.
January 31, 2019
What more will it take?
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January 30, 2019
“I’m waiting for a miracle”
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January 28, 2019
The true border crisis: conscience, compassion and justice
TIJUANA, MEXICO Crossing into Mexico this morning, our first views were of the wall that already exists along this part of the border. It was a stark reminder that the border debate has come down to determination to erect obstacles and deepen divides Read More >