The Weekly Round-Up

The Weekly Round-Up

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Welcome to The Briefing newsletter by Jason Clarke and Will Maddox. This week, we look at what is happening at the U.S.-Mexico border, including some causes of the migration, the conditions of those being detained, the U.S. policy’s inconsistency and how you can help. The Briefing is a collaboration between Seek the Peace and We Welcome Refugees.

A rock and hard place

The latest group of migrants at the U.S. border are mostly from Central America, specifically Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. They are fleeing life-threatening gang violence and political conflict to seek asylum in the United States. But being granted asylum in the U.S. is increasingly unlikely due to new zero tolerance policies instituted by the U.S. that have resulted in the detention of thousands of migrants and the separation of children and their parents. Many of these migrants have a credible fear of returning home, and are stuck between gang violence at home and U.S. imprisonment.

Tent city teens

In Tornillo, Texas, the federal government is detaining migrant boys in a desert tent encampment after some were separated from their families and others were apprehended at the border. Operated by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, the tent city is air-conditioned and has medical care, but reuniting children with their parents has proven difficult and media have had difficulty accessing the area.

Policy confusion

Even though it was the Trump Administration’s policy that has caused children to be separated from their parents, Trump claimed last week that only Congress could solve the problem. Then he claimed that the policy could not be changed through an executive order right before he signed an executive order to keep parents and their children together at the border. It is still unclear how the 2,300 children who have already been separated from their families will be reunited with their parents.

How you can help

With the humanitarian crisis at the border, many are wondering what they can do to help. Children have been separated from their parents for months, and some youth remain in the U.S. after their parents have been deported. The situation for migrants and asylum seekers is trying, so here is a list of organizations that are trying to help the detained children.