US Expelled More Than 200 Unaccompanied Children From Other Countries To Mexico

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The U.S. has sent more than 200 children from countries other than Mexico back over the southern U.S. border.

U.S. border authorities have been sending unaccompanied children from other countries into Mexico, violating a diplomatic agreement with Mexico and also in violation of U.S. policy, according to The New York Times.

  • “The expulsions, laid out in a sharply critical internal email from a senior Border Patrol official, have taken place under an aggressive border closure policy the Trump administration has said is necessary to prevent the coronavirus from spreading into the United States," the newspaper reported.
  • However, Mexico agreed that Mexican children and others who had adult supervision could be sent back into Mexico after trying to cross the border — not unaccompanied children from other countries.

The expulsions, laid out in a sharply critical internal email from a senior Border Patrol official, have taken place under an aggressive border closure policy the Trump administration has said is necessary to prevent the coronavirus from spreading into the United States. But they conflict with the terms upon which the Mexican government agreed to help implement the order, which were that only Mexican children and others who had adult supervision could be pushed back into Mexico after attempting to cross the border.

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The expulsions put children from countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador at risk by sending them with no accompanying adult into a country where they have no family connections.

  • Existing diplomatic agreements and U.S. policies dictate that children from countries other than Mexico be put on flights operated by ICE to return to their home countries, where they can then be reunited with family.
  • “Brian Hastings, chief of the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector, acknowledged in an interview that non-Mexican children had been sent back into Mexico,"
  • Hastings said quickly expelling migrants is necessary, otherwise “we would have massive amounts of infections, massive amounts of commingling and again, we would fill a hospital.”
  • Hasting also told The Times that most children under age 10 are now exempted from the policy and transferred instead to U.S. shelters overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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