Commissioners: Paulo Vanucchi, Margarette May Macaulay, Paulo Abrao Petitioners: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), American Immigration Council (AIC), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Human Rights First (HRF), Innovation Law Lab, Institute for Women in Migration (IMUMI), Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, Kino Border Initiative, Latin American Working Group (LAWG), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS), Transnational Legal Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas Law School, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) State: United States Petitioners gathered before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on March 21, 2017, to discuss the increasing dangers and mistreatment asylum seekers are facing at the U.S. border. Petitioners discussed a broad range of issues, including testimonials of ‘turnarounds’ or ‘pushbacks’ of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, the reach of immigration enforcement into Mexico and associated rights violations, abusive conditions migrants are subjected to at U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) facilities, separating families of asylum seekers, and the growing numbers of asylum seekers placed in detention at the southern U.S. southern border. The petitioners, thirteen organizations in total, made sure to note that the practices they referred to in their presentations were in place before the Trump administration, but also acknowledged that the new executive actions on immigration have certainly exacerbated these issues. Speaking of the Trump administration, the United States government, in an unprecedented move, decided not to send any representatives to this or any other of today’s hearings at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Commissioner Macaulay explained to those in attendance that the United States government informed the commission the day before the hearings began to confirm their non-participation and described the decision as “a pity.” The regional human rights body had enjoyed the participation of the United States since its founding. Such a move was unprecedented. The petitioners, who left without a state to question, collectively noted that they were extremely disappointed that the U.S. government failed to take advantage of this opportunity to work alongside members of civil society as well as the commission to ensure the rights of migrants, particularly the rights of asylum seekers and their families. A primary concern brought up by petitioners was that asylum seekers are being turned back at the border or being given misinformation by CBP officials about their eligibility for asylum. Testimonials noted numerous instances whereby CBP officials refused asylum seekers their rights to ‘credible fear interviews’ or would reject asylum seekers by misinforming them that asylum was a privilege afforded only to citizens of certain countries. The right to asylum is an international human right and its indiscriminate application is codified in numerous domestic U.S. law. The petitioners attributed such mistakes to CBP’s poor review of the complaints submitted to the government body in addition to the agency’s insufficient training requirements of officers. Non-Spanish speaking trainees received a mere eight weeks of training. Petitioners felt that such a length of time was not nearly long enough to allow officers to understand the nuances of fear, which should be a clear prerequisite for those working with asylum seekers. Petitioners also expressed to the commission that though the Trump administration is gearing for a rapid expansion of CBP, with plans to add approximately 5,000 agents, more hiring would inevitably mean even lower standards for these matters. In their response, the commissioners thanked the petitioners for their presentations and again apologized that members of the U.S. government were not in attendance. The commissioners also assured the petitioners that the entire commission very strongly disagreed with the activities that were occurring at the border. Commissioner Vanucchi noted this problem involving treatment of asylum seekers in the U.S. was quite sizable, thus, the commission would need guidance from the petitioners if they were to play a bigger role in fighting these injustices. Accordingly, commissioner Macaulay invited the petitioners to send additional recommendations and to build substantial relationships with the commission so as to facilitate effective progress in remedying the issues facing asylum seekers. Author’s Legal Analysis The failure of any representatives from the U.S. government to attend this year’s hearings leaves a large question mark as to how much administrative agencies will continue to oblige applicable human rights standards in the future. Reported CBP actions and practices directly violate the United States’ obligations under the American Declaration, the Refugee Convention, and other human rights instruments whereby the right to seek asylum, non-refoulement, the right to due process, and the right to family life are codified.