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MPP Must End Now

In the face of the pandemic, it’s more urgent than ever to end the "Remain in Mexico" policy.

The COVID-19 crisis affects all of us. As we make sacrifices and take steps to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, CVT asks that we remember those we serve – survivors of torture who aspire to find a way to escape and seek shelter in safer lands.

Every person has the right to seek asylum, including from torture. But if you attempt to seek asylum by crossing the U.S. southern border, you face many discriminatory and illegal policies, one of which is officially, and inaccurately, called Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain in Mexico.”

Because of MPP, tens of thousands of asylum seekers have been sent to border cities in Mexico to wait during the pendency of their immigration claim, where resources are low and risks are high. Human Rights First reported that by the end of February 2020 – a little over one year since implementation of MPP – there were already more than 1,000 cases of extreme violence perpetrated upon people forced to live in the camps and shelters in Mexican border cities, including reports of torture, murder and rape.

And as the spread of the coronavirus continues, asylum seekers living in these conditions are vulnerable to new and equally devastating dangers. Without proper sanitation, or even running water in some instances, using hand-washing protocols is impossible. In overcrowded shelters, social distancing is nonexistent. Without adequate medical equipment and care, there is no way to fight the virus.

MPP takes away asylum seekers’ ability to protect themselves and their families from the sometimes deadly COVID-19, and in doing so it heightens the risk for everyone. It also takes the right to seek asylum and tosses it aside. The U.S. must stop treating people fleeing war and torture so despicably. #ENDMPP

TAKE ACTION NOW

Help end MPP
Call your Representatives and Senators to let them know you disapprove of this policy.  Your voice is needed today. Click here to find your Representative or call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. 

Tell Secretary Azar: Immigrants are not the problem. President Trump is using the COVID-19 crisis to continue his assault on refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants. Shutting down immigration will not help the U.S. economy or make anyone safer. Contact HHS Secretary and Coronavirus Task Force leader Alex Azar and tell him to confront the president with the truth about immigrants and COVID-19. Click here for message and contact information.

Help CVT continue this work for survivors
Now more than ever, it’s important that CVT continues our work with survivors. As the situation worsens, we are developing ways to provide immediate care and to establish a permanent presence at the U.S. southern border. We can only do this with your help.

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