A peaceful protest by migrants seeking information about their asylum claims led the Mexican military to close the Gateway International Bridge—connecting Matamoros and Brownsville —to all traffic for a 24-hour period.
The process is completely opaque. People seeking asylum in the U.S. do not understand the process or what to expect, and in many cases, their hearings are scheduled for 2020, many months from now.
Meanwhile, the number of people living in tents just half a mile from the U.S. with no access to food or running water is increasing by the day. It’s a violation of international law.
Local mental health professional Berenice Cruz Marquez says people are already coming here with a lot of trauma, and this “manufactured issue” and coercion is a form of “abuse and psychological torture,” especially for the children.
We can do better and we’re calling on Congress to act. We can fix this and create a new and welcoming entry point to Brownsville, and the United States.