Tijuana has seen multiple surges in migration in the last several years, very notably with the arrival of Haitian migrants in 2016 and Central Americans traveling in caravans in 2018-2019, with even more pressure being added by the pandemic and the United States’ implementation of Title 42, which denies the ability of people fleeing violence and persecution to seek asylum in the United States.
Border Line Crisis Center was founded and is operated by a team with strong histories attending to the needs of migrants through both collective action and services through non-profit organizations. The situation in Tijuana is constantly changing, and the needs of tens of thousands of migrants, many being denied their legal right to seek asylum, are shifting with them.
It’s crucial that grassroots organizations and collectives respond to these needs as well as combat the systems that are creating these injustices, accompanying and organizing in solidarity with the communities affected. Border Line Crisis Center aims to help alleviate the needs of everyone that comes in our door or sends us a message, but to do this, we need the support of our community near and afar and humbly ask for your support.
In the last 7 years, significant denials of the rights of asylum seekers have been denied en masse, sometimes accompanied by policies, many of which are defeated in court once it’s been legally proven that they are unlawful. Prominent policies currently being enforced despite their blatant illegality and disregard for due process are Title 42, which can return any asylum seeker at the border to Mexico without establishing if they are in danger of severe violence or death because of their identity, and MPP, which forces migrants to wait in dangerous areas of Mexico between US court proceedings while their claim to asylum is evaluated, a process which can take years with current backlogs.
Meanwhile, events worldwide continue to fuel the migration of both people in immediate danger of a discriminatory death and those displaced by economic and climate changes.
Restrictive policies of both the United States and Mexican governments have turned cities at both of Mexico’s borders into informal detention centers in which exposure to the virus is high and quality care is low. Despite there being no scientific evidence of it containing the pandemic, Title 42, a disastrous policy implemented by the Trump administration and inexplicably continued under Biden, continues to deny the rights of asylum seekers on these grounds.
Tijuana has tens of thousands more migrants with the hope of seeking asylum in the US than it did in previous years, when asylum seekers would simply present at a port of entry in order to begin their claim through the detention system.
It is - because they are the ones who created it. However, very few government policies or larger humanitarian institutions are adequately responding to the countless needs and human rights violations created by the dramatic overcrowding of shelters and community resources in border towns. It’s up to grassroots organizations and their collaborators to lead the way in supporting the multitudes of asylum seekers stuck in border towns by unjust and illegal migratory policies, and fighting to stop these atrocities.
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