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Central American asylum seekers sent to Mexico are becoming victims of kidnappings.

Under the Remain in Mexico program, asylum seekers are sent to Mexico for the duration of their cases. These asylum seekers are increasingly becoming victims of kidnappings. Doctors without Borders said in September 2019 that 44% of their patients had been victims of kidnappings, with another 12% being victims of attempted kidnappings. By October 2019, the percent of patients who were kidnapping victims was 75%. CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan discussed the report in a briefing on February 11, saying that the report did not reflect CBP’s understanding of the security situation in Mexico. Morgan also said that CBP would work with the Mexican government to encourage asylum seekers to stay in shelters and not in encampments where they may be more vulnerable to attacks.

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