Kroc School Professor of Practice Ev Meade Contributes Op-Ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune About the U.S. Asylum System

Ev Meade, PhD, Professor of Practice at USD's Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, contributed an op-ed to the San Diego Union-Tribune entitled "The asylum system doesn’t protect people fleeing violence as it should. Here’s how to fix it.

The op-ed begins:

Mexicans are one of the largest groups of asylum seekers in the United States. They also have a slim chance of getting asylum — less than 10% over the last decade.

The Trump administration’s assault on asylum and demonization of Mexicans doesn’t help. But responsibility runs much deeper. As a government and as a society, we have failed to acknowledge that there’s a war going on in Mexico, or that we bear any responsibility for those it has displaced and exiled.

Since declaring war on drug cartels in December 2006, Mexico has been in the grips of a violent conflict that has claimed more lives, sown greater terror, and sabotaged the rule of law on a larger scale than most of the civil wars of the past century. In July, the Mexican government acknowledged 71,688 forced disappearances since 2006 — Syria and Colombia are the only countries with more, and Mexico will soon surpass them. It’s a staggering admission that the government has been unable and unwilling to protect people who have been targeted for violence.

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