Protect Vulnerable Asylum Seekers from the Coronavirus

Target: Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico

Goal: Provide ample resources to asylum seekers who are at a high risk of contracting the coronavirus.

Three asylum seekers at an encampment near the United States border recently tested positive for the coronavirus. Migrants living at the camp already face a high risk of contracting Covid-19. Now that some have tested positive, the virus will likely spread quickly.

The camp, called Matamoros, is situated along the Rio Grande River in Mexico, where an estimated 2,000 migrants live in cramped, hot tents. Advocates have long worried about the possibility of an outbreak at the camp, which lacks the resources needed to fight the virus.

Michele Meisler, medical director at the non-profit Physicians for Human Rights, said “For months, public health experts have sounded the alarm that people in these under-resourced migrant encampments and shelters…face disproportionate risks from Covid-19.” Sign below to demand Mexico’s President Obrador provide adequate resources for vulnerable asylum seekers in order to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obrador,

Migrants waiting for the outcome of their asylum cases are living in hot, cramped tents and face a disproportionately high risk of contracting Covid-19. Three asylum seekers have already tested positive for coronavirus, and it will likely spread fast given the unsafe circumstances.

Asylum seekers living in the Matamoros camp have fled violence and poverty for the United States, only to be met with more inhumane treatment. I demand that you provide ample resources to asylum seekers in order to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Daniel Arauz




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