The Deadly Consequences of U.S. Deportations
It’s no place like home. Long a theoretical discussion, the fate of refugees deported from the U.S. has become frighteningly real. A database built by Columbia University’s Global Migration Project reveals how, thanks to aggressive immigration policies, legal missteps and bureaucratic snafus, many immigrants have returned to early graves in countries like Mexico and Honduras. Safeguards implemented to prevent a repeat of America’s fatal pre-World War II rejection of Jewish refugees are now being routinely disregarded, raising the specter of sending even more asylum-seekers to violent deaths.