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originally posted by: slapjacks
a reply to: Fallingdown
Perfect example of what's really wrong with America.
Expressing grave objections to an immigration policy which has forced them to violate international law, U.S. asylum officers filed a federal court brief demanding an end to President Donald Trump's so-called "Remain in Mexico" policy under which asylum seekers have been turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Ordering people who are exercising their legal right to seek asylum to turn back and endure a months-long or years-long wait for their applications to be processed is "fundamentally contrary to the moral fabric of our nation and our international and domestic legal obligations," wrote the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1924, the union which represents asylum officers.
The loved ones they long for are among the thirty-seven thousand currently classified as missing in Mexico. Most are presumed dead. Many of the missing are likely among the quarter of a million to have been murdered or disappeared since 2006, according to the Wall Street Journal.
On November 19, the bodies of sisters Maria Jose and Sofia Alvarado were found dumped in a grave outside the provincial town of Santa Barbara in western Honduras. In a country that has the highest murder rate in the world – in 2012, it registered 90.4 murders per 100 000 population, more than twice that of neighbouring El Salvador and Guatemala – most victims are poor and nameless.
More Salvadorans have been killed since the end of the country’s 12-year civil war in 1992, than during the entire conflict which killed an estimated 75,000 people
The Northern Triangle is one of the world’s most violent areas, with drug trafficking, gangs and other actors of organized crime fueling a high regional murder rate. In 2015, a total of 17,422 murders were committed across the Northern Triangle countries. The region is home to around 31 million people, but the violence has been causing a mass exodus of Central Americans trying to illegally enter the United States every year.
originally posted by: OccamsRazor04
a reply to: Sookiechacha
So Venezuela is not South America? So every Venezuelan qualifies for Asylum? We need to take in all 32 million? Or are they all dead already and it's an empty country? They can't go to any other country except the US? Every country along the way is also so bad no one can live there?
First, an asylum applicant must establish that he or she has a well-founded fear of persecution in his/her home country.
Secondly, the applicant must prove that the persecution is due to one of five protected grounds: race, religion, nationality, political opinion, and/or membership in a social group. An applicant may qualify for one or more of these grounds. For example, an LGBTI applicant may be applying based on persecution both for being a member of a sexual minority group and for political activist work.
Third, an applicant must establish that the government is either involved in the persecution, or unable to control the conduct of private actors.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: Sookiechacha
If they aren't being specifically targeted for open persecution by their government, no, they do not qualify.
Just because you have a craptastic government that mismanages your country so badly that you're starving and chaos reigns in the streets does not qualify you for asylum.
When the Nazis were openly rounding up and shipping Jews off to be killed and worked to death for no other reason than that they were Jews ... that would qualify you for asylum *if* you were Jewish. When the Turks were rounding up and slaughtering Armenians for being Armenian ... that would qualify *if* you were Armenian and fleeing the area of the genocide. When the Hutus went out to butcher the Tutsis, a Tutsi could claim asylum instead of having to go back into that.
But when bad policies of Nicholas Maduro are wholly impersonal and don't care what kind of Venezuelan you are. We do not grant asylum to entire nations. There are enough people there to band together and fix the mess if they really wanted to.