"Migrant Protection Protocols" is a Misnomer

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Photo provided by Laurie Holcomb-Ramos.

I just returned from the border of Mexico. I went to witness on behalf of Indivisible St. John’s and Border Witness St. Augustine. I was astounded by what I saw and heard. Let me paraphrase Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) for you. It is stated, by DHS, to be an action in which undocumented migrants are returned to Mexico to wait throughout their immigration process, “where Mexico will provide them with all appropriate humanitarian protections for the duration of their stay.” Mexico isn’t and we are not holding them accountable.

Photo provided by Laurie Holcomb-Ramos.

The U.S. government has essentially ensured that the people in this tent city will have no protection nor will anyone take responsibility for what is happening to them.  They are encamped in an area heavily populated by the Gulf Cartel, whose members kidnap, torture, and rape the people in the camp. Most of the tents are dirty and many of the people are still wearing the same clothes in which they traveled. Until recently, people were relegated to using filthy water directly from Rio Grande to bathe, drink, cook, and wash clothes. They are still using that same water source, though benevolent organizations have donated a filtration system and showers. People, including the elderly and infants, are still getting very sick.

Photo provided by Laurie Holcomb-Ramos.

The only time there has been any sort of protective presence was when 17 members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus arrived to tour the camps and observe the “court” process. That same presence is now gone until someone else in power shows up.

Regardless of feelings about immigration, is this who we want to be when history books write about us? We will be judged and found lacking.

Call your MoCs and demand better. Tell them to go to the border and see for themselves.

Photo provided by Laurie Holcomb-Ramos.

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