New images of children and adults in “dangerously” overcrowded US border patrol facilities in Texas have been released as part of a report from government auditors. One image shows a man squashed in a crowd pressing a cardboard sign to a cell window with the word “help” written on it. He is one of 88 men in a cell meant for 41. DHS has blamed the surge of families crossing the border for straining its capacity.
A harrowing photo of a Salvadoran migrant and his young daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border became the focus on Wednesday of a U.S. political debate over President Donald Trump’s asylum policies. The picture of Oscar Alberto Martinez, 25, and his 24-month-old daughter Angie Valeria put a renewed focus on the plight of refugees and migrants who are mostly from Central America.
The US is cutting off aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the state department said on Saturday, a day after Donald Trump blasted the countries for sending migrants north. Trump claimed on Friday in Florida that the three countries had “set up” caravans of migrants in order to export them to the US. A surge of asylum seekers from the three countries have sought to enter the US in recent days. Congressional Democrats on a visit to El Salvador said the aid decision would only increase the flow of migrants.
In the midst of ‘sustained attacks on search and rescue by European states’ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was forced to stop rescue efforts in the Mediterranean with vessel Aquarius. The vessel had its registration revoked and has since been stuck in Marseille. The rescue effort saved migrants crossing from Libya and other areas to Europe.
An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody early Tuesday, the second immigrant child to die in detention this month. Border patrol apprehended the father and son on Dec. 18 for illegal entry, 3.29 miles west of the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas. “This is a tragic loss,” said CBP Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan in a statement.