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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.

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

November 26, 2018 • Press Release

US government endangers asylum seekers with unlawful policies

Unlawful US border policies are leaving thousands of asylum seekers stranded in Mexico, where they are facing threats of deportation to their countries of origin, where they potentially face serious harm, Amnesty International said today following a research mission last week. Conditions could only worsen under a reported deal between both countries that, if agreed, …

Advocacy and GR

Questions for the Record- Confirmation Hearing for Kimberly Breier

  Ahead of the June 13, 2018 Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing for Kimberly Breier to be Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Amnesty International USA submitted a statement with questions for the hearing record. Since 2015 Amnesty International has documented the deepening refugee crisis from the Northern Triangle region of Central America, its …

Advocacy and GR

Amnesty International USA Statement Ahead of Senate Border and Immigration Subcommittee on Unaccompanied Children

Ahead of May 23, 2018 hearing entitled” TVPRA and Exploited Loopholes Affecting Unaccompanied Alien Children, Amnesty International USA submitted a statement for the hearing record. Since 2015 Amnesty International has documented the deepening refugee crisis from the Northern Triangle region of Central America, its push factors and how Mexico and the United States have responded …

Advocacy and GR

Amnesty International Statement ahead of Caravan Hearing

Ahead of the May 22 Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee hearing entitled “Stopping the Daily Border Caravan: Time to Build a Policy Wall”, Amnesty International USA submitted a statement for the record, addressing refugee protection and asylum seekers. In April and May 2018 AI researchers conducted a multi-week research mission along the entire U.S.–Mexico border, …

Advocacy and GR

Amnesty Statement to Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee

As the FY 2019 budget for Homeland Security is considered, this statement was submitted by Amnesty International USA to the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee.  The statement details the FY 2019 budget request for Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”).  The budget request – at $14.4 billion — is the highest  discretionary funding level in the …

May 7, 2018 • Press Release

Separating asylum-seeking families violates international law

The U.S. government must stop separating asylum-seeking parents from their children and denying them access to asylum procedures through prolonged detention, said Amnesty International today in response to reports of the Department of Homeland Security’s adoption of a draconian family separation policy that will apply to anyone who presents themselves at the U.S.-Mexico border. The policy was also referenced today in remarks by Attorney General Sessions.