Before the US-Mexico border was closed down for the coronavirus, many human rights activists & social service groups independent of either the US or Mexican governments were crossing the border daily to provide food & medical services to the refugees forced to live in squalid camps on the Mexican side whilst they wait to be processed for asylum. It was difficult for the aid workers & for the refugees because that part of Mexico (near drug transportation points) is a drug cartel war zone. Now with the borders hermetically sealed, refugees are left without even the minimal care they received from the kindness of strangers.

It may sound sensible to seal the borders to vulnerable refugees during a deadly epidemic but not without providing them food, medical care, & safe housing. Not to provide for their care is an excuse for governments to employ the final solution for refugees.

(Photo of refugee kids living in camp near Tijuana, Mexico by Pedro Pardo/ATP, November 2018)