December 20, 2018

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Elect Castro Statement on DHS Decision to Make Migrants Wait in Mexico While Processing Asylum Claims

WASHINGTON—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman Elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today made the following statement:

“This is the single biggest assault to date by this Administration on the world’s most vulnerable populations coming to America—legally—and in search of a better life. The decision to make migrants wait in Mexico while processing asylum claims only continues this Administration’s cruel policies to stem legal immigration to our nation. Further, the mechanics of how this policy will be implemented, its legal justification, and the level of humanitarian assistance given to those being forced to wait in Mexico remain unanswered. I have been in touch with the Mexican Embassy in the United States to understand the Mexican government’s role in this policy. History will not look favorably on today’s announcement. The Hispanic Caucus will continue to hold this Administration accountable for its xenophobic actions, and fight for a clear return to our nation’s founding principles.”

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