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Remain in Mexico policy needlessly exposed migrants to harm, report says

Human Rights Watch describes crimes including rape, kidnapping, extortion but Biden team warns change may not be immediate

The incoming US president, Joe Biden, has been urged to scrap a “devastating” migration program that activists say has exposed tens of thousands of asylum seekers – many of them children – to violence, abduction and rape in some of the world’s most dangerous cities.

The Trump administration created the “Remain in Mexico” program in January 2019 in an effort to deter asylum seekers trying to enter the US through is southern border.

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