Julían Castro Meets with LGBTQ and Disabled Migrants in Mexico
Earlier this week, Democratic presidential candidate Julían Castro met with LGBTQ and disabled migrants in Mexico, who are currently barred from entering the US border thanks to Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy.
“There are thousands of migrants who are suffering because of Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy,” Castro says in an interview with NBC. “They are being kidnapped, extorted and subjected to violence. I want to speak out particularly for the most vulnerable, migrants with disability and migrants who are LGBTQ. They’ve been particularly hurt by this policy.”
LGBTQ and disabled people are among the most vulnerable in refugee camps as they are most likely subjected to violence and domestic threats. Castro himself personally escorted several migrants to petition for exemption from the Remain in Mexico policy, only to face rejection by the Customs and Border Protection supervisors shortly after.
Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy requires migrants to wait on the Mexican side of the border while their asylum claims are being reviewed, but it also severs their access to legal assistance, leaving them extremely vulnerable to hate crimes, kidnapping, and other unimaginable forms of violence.
“If I’m elected [as president], I’ll end this policy immediately,” Castro says.