No man's land
Launch Nov 1st, 2019
Registration closes: Mar 20th 2020
Submission Deadline: Mar 30th 2020
Public Voting begins: April 9th 2020
Public Voting ends: April 30th 2020
Result Announcement: May 10th 2020
A humanitarian crisis has taken place along the borders of US-Mexico. In May 2019, around 19000 people were waiting in Mexico to seek asylum in the United States.
From men crossing over to the States for employment in 2000, to families seeking refuge in 2014 for a better livelihood, there has been a tectonic shift along the borders of US-Mexico. This led to ‘American Immigration Crisis’ in 2014, following which a crackdown implemented by the Trump government. With ‘Zero Tolerance Policy’ in 2018 and ‘Metering’ in 2019, the total border crossings have been constant but the no. of people seeking asylum has increased. This has led to thousands of asylum seekers waiting for refugee status along the US-Mexico border.
Once a country of transit, Mexico is buckling under the demands of its new reality. With US administration seeking for ‘safe third country’ to absorb asylum seekers, organizations in Mexico have struggled to keep up with the influx of migrants. Along with that, the inhumane living conditions in migrant camps, systematic discrimination and an increased crime rate - have made people restless for a response from the Centre of Border and Protection (CBP). This has led to them occupying streets, spaces near border walkways and bridges.
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