“Women on the run” is how the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees describes the population of Central American mothers (and children) at the U.S. / Mexico border. In a recently issued report, UNHCR describes the “surging tide of violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala,” both domestic and gang-related, that is forcing thousands of mothers and children to escape to their great hope of refuge: the United States. In 2016, CBP apprehended more than 50,000 women and unaccompanied minors fleeing those three countries.

One would be hard-pressed to characterize these terrified women and children as national security threats, yet they have borne the brunt of some of our harshest border policies enacted in the name of “keeping America safe.”

Source/ rest: msmagazine.com