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Facing Walls: USA and Mexico’s violation of the rights of asylum seekers

An already dangerous journey for tens of thousands of refugees has become deadlier thanks to President Trump’s Executive Order on border control and immigration as well as entrenched reckless practices in Mexico, Amnesty International said in a new report based on intensive investigations on both sides of the border.

January 24, 2019 • Press Release

Amnesty International and National Immigrant Justice Center Send Senior Leadership Delegation to US-Mexico Border

Amnesty International and the National Immigrant Justice Center are sending an international delegation of senior leadership to monitor the impact of US policy on asylum seekers and migrants traveling to the US-Mexico border. The delegation will be traveling from January 27 to 31. 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.

September 13, 2018 • Press Release

United States / Mexico: Possible deportation fund between USA and Mexico is shameful business

The Trump administration´s intentions to pay the Mexican government millions of dollars to deport irregular migrants is risky business that must not be permitted, said Amnesty International today. This came in response to a New York Times article printed 13 September detailing $20 million dollars of foreign assistance proposed by the Trump administration to US Congress for the deportation of at least 17,000 irregular migrants by the Mexican government.

April 26, 2018 • Press Release

Americas: Amnesty International monitors treatment of asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

On Thursday 26 April, Amnesty International raised a billboard at the San Ysidro Port of Entry (POE) on the US–Mexico border in Tijuana, with a message reminding US and Mexican authorities of their obligations to facilitate asylum claims and to respect the universal human right of all people to seek asylum in other countries. The …


Remembering Herman Wallace (1941 – 2013)

Today is a day of mourning... but it is also a moment to remind ourselves that, to truly honor Herman’s legacy, we have to channel those feelings into action


Amnesty International USA Calls on DHS to Temporarily Halt Deportations

On May 6, 2020, Amnesty International USA wrote to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf demanding an immediate, temporary moratorium on deportations in light of the dangers presented by COVID-19. The letter is available below and at this link. May 6, 2020   Dear Acting Secretary Wolf, On behalf of Amnesty International USA and …

February 4, 2020 • Press Release


During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump touched on issues of national security as well as immigration and asylum, claiming, “we entered into historic cooperation agreements with the Governments of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. As a result of our unprecedented efforts, illegal crossings are down 75 percent since May — dropping 8 …

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November 22 Testimony for House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

To view PDF version click here: 11.18.2019 AI Testimony for HFAC Hearing on Humanitarian Crisis at the Border_FINAL   Written Testimony of Charanya Krishnaswami Americas Advocacy Director Amnesty International USA Submitted to the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations House Committee on Foreign Affairs for a Hearing on “Humanitarian Aspects …


Eric Swalwell

Amnesty International USA asked Eric Swalwell 13 questions about some of the most pressing human rights issues of our time. Here is his response exactly as provided: How should the U.S. respond to the growing number of asylum-seekers, including families and children, seeking protection at the U.S. southern border? At the southern border, we must …

April 10, 2019 • Press Release

Amnesty Intl US and Canada condemn proposals to restrict refugee protection in Canada for claimants coming through the United States

The US is not safe for all refugees. The Canadian government should suspend the US/Canada border pact and allow those in need of refugee protection to access it in Canada. Amnesty International is deeply concerned that the US government, at the request of the Canadian government, is considering altering an agreement that would make it …