The Biden administration has relaunched the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols or MPP, more commonly known as the Remain in Mexico policy, a controversial practice that requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their immigration cases are processed.
Inhumane, counterproductive, and a moral and national shame. That is how President Biden described the Trump era immigration policy called Remain in Mexico when he was a presidential candidate.
President Biden had tried to end the Trump era practice, but a federal court forced its reinstatement.
Immigration lawyer DULCE GARCIA stated that “This MPP program is something that the Biden administration promised to end during the elections, and we quote what the Biden administration, what Mayorkas said about the MPP program. We’re all on the same page that this is a horrible program and it causes so much harm to our community. Here we are, towards the end of the year, opening again this horrible policy that will place people in harm’s way”.
– There are some areas in Mexico that are extremely dangerous, and specifically, the border is a very dangerous place, which is the area that concerns us when it comes to the MPP programs.
– A report from Human Rights First registered 6,356 violent attacks against migrants in Mexico since January. These include rape, kidnapping, extortion, human trafficking, and other assaults against them.
DULCE GARCIA concluded that, at any given time, we support 2,500 people from all the 17 shelters total, but it varies. This places them in danger, as we have heard before in the past the way the MPP was being implemented. During the Trump administration, we heard numerous reports of people being kidnapped. Some had spouses that were killed while this was going on.
Source: Democracy Now