During his State of the Union address, President Trump once again demonized immigrants with blatant falsehoods as he sought to cajole Congress into funding a wall at the border.
SPLC Deputy Legal Director Mary Bauer was in Tijuana, Mexico, this week to speak with migrants who are seeking asylum in the United States.
There is, indeed, a crisis at the border, she reports. “But it is a crisis entirely of this president’s making.”
The administration has effectively shut down the asylum system and is violating both U.S. and international law, Bauer says.
Because of that, thousands of desperate people who have the legal and moral right to seek asylum are being forced to wait in squalid and dangerous conditions.
Watch Bauer's remarks below.