Photo Essay: The Impact of the “Remain in Mexico” Policy in Matamoros
By Lauren Murphy, Digital Producer, Amnesty International USA
Under a new Trump administration program known as “Remain in Mexico”, asylum-seekers are being forcibly returned to Mexico to wait out their cases. In many cases, they are being turned back to the Tamaulipas state, which the state department has designated as a Level 4: Do Not Travel. The United States government does not even permit its own employees to travel here beyond a certain radius. Yet, this is where they send vulnerable asylum-seekers, many of whom are children, back to while they wait.
Amnesty International sent a global delegation to witness the devastating impact the policy has had in Matamoros, Mexico. Asylum-seekers must remain close to the border to be nearby for their hearing dates, which take place in the United States. As soon we stepped off the bridge, just a few feet away we could see hundreds of tents.
Here is what we witnessed.
Photos taken in October 2019. © Lauren Murphy/Amnesty International