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Still, applying for asylum in Mexico has its own problems. Violence in parts of the country is as bad as in the Northern Triangle. In 2017, journalist Edwin Rivera fled threats in Honduras, only to be murdered in Veracruz, Mexico. Mexican cartels have also kidnapped Central Americans en masse, demanding ransom money from any family members in the United States. “Mexico is not a safe place for thousands of migrants and refugees that flee the violence of Central America,” the Doctors Without Borders said in a press release on Wednesday.
Gusman’s story illustrates the brutality that is pushing many to leave the Northern Triangle of Central America, which includes Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, and seek refuge in nearby countries, including Mexico and the United States. The number of asylum applications in Mexico has rocketed, from 2,000 in 2014 to more than 14,000 last year, with Honduras as the leading source of applicants, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
However, this surge comes as more Mexicans are themselves fleeing violence to seek refuge in the United States. In the first three months of 2018, the Northern Triangle nations and Mexico made up four of the six top source countries of applicants for U.S. asylum, government data shows.
originally posted by: Subrosabelow
originally posted by: Alien Abduct
a reply to: crayzeed
They have to apply for refugee status in the first safe country they land in.
I remember you stated in another thread that this was international law or UN law or something. could you cite this law for me?
It appears that the law requiring you apply for refugee status in the first country of landing was abolished sometime after 2016. A system obliging refugees to register in the first European country they enter looks set to be abolished
I also found this (PDF file: )
Section 11 The concept of first country of asylum
I also found this quote from a US Immigration lawyer:
You aren't required to apply in any safe third country before applying for Refugee or Asylum status with the U.S., BUT, you may have to prove that IF you were in a safe third country, why you were not able to stay there and ask for Refugee or Asylum status.
I assume you mean the caravan that is coming up. I cannot get into a political discussion about this, but the grand majority are not going to be let in because they are coming for economic reasons, not for Asylum/Refugee status. They will not be able to pass a credible fear interview and will not be let in.
People don't understand the reality. The reality is that most of the persons coming will not be let in. Some will be let in that are able to convince an officer that they are in danger of persecution because of their race, nationality, religion, social group or political opinion. And of those that are let in, most will eventually be sent back.
Above is from this site where someone asked about the migrating caravan: Just Answer- Immigration Law
And this: The facts about asylum
There is nothing in international law to say that refugees must claim asylum in the first country they reach. A European regulation allows a country such as the UK to return an adult asylum seeker to the first European country they reached. This means that countries on the edge of Europe have responsibility for a lot more asylum seekers than others. Some of the countries through which people travel to get to Europe are not safe places and many have not signed the Refugee Convention, meaning that people who remain there will not get international protection and be able to rebuild their lives.
originally posted by: tabularosa
America is a nation of immigrants, many who suffered persecution in their home country. Many others came here simply for a chance to have a better life. Why should a nation of immigrants be against others coming into their country, particularly those who are persecuted. That's what underlies Ocasio-Cortez's analogy. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. I guess that mantra no longer applies in the age of Trump authoritarianism.