Thousands of migrants make their way to the U.S.-Mexico border each month in search of asylum. Many are fleeing violence and persecution. PHR recently sent a team to Tijuana, Mexico to assess the situation on the ground and to evaluate conditions. One mother, who fled a dangerous life in southern Mexico, spoke to us about her fears. She has two daughters, aged six and nine.
Every person who is escaping violence in their home country, and who has a credible fear of persecution, has the right to seek asylum in another country. Under both domestic and international laws the United States has an obligation to give asylum seekers the opportunity to bring their cases forward in a safe and dignified setting which respects their basic human rights.