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Activists call Biden’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy expansion a ‘betrayal’ to the Latinx community

Under intense pressure by activists, Biden suspended the program in February at the start of his presidency and began readmitting some asylum-seekers who were subjected to the law under Trump, but after Texas and Missouri sued the federal government, a federal judge ordered that it be reinstated in August. The order went into effect Monday, leaving asylum-seekers in Mexico in the lurch and sending shelter providers that were already at capacity scrambling to accommodate individuals and make space without proper funding. According to Julia Neusner, refugee protection attorney with Human Rights First, Mexican government personnel were setting up a staging area on Tuesday to receive the first group of migrants returned under the policy.

“The administration has chosen to implement the policy in a rushed manner,” says Kizuka. “We’re hearing from shelter providers in different cities in Mexico that they’re not ready to receive anyone because they haven’t received funding.”

According to Kizuka, the shelter providers have not even been told whether to expect migrants and asylum-seekers who are returned to come to them for shelter.

“This is really concerning because a lot of the harm that people experienced was because they were on the streets and they didn’t have a place to stay that was safe,” says Kizuka.

While the Mexican government has asked for the guarantee that asylum-seekers will receive counsel and have their claims processed within 180 days or six months, immigration judges and legal services providers are asserting that the policy has no way of being made humane, safe, or lawful. Under the Trump administration, many asylum-seekers still had to wait months and sometimes years for a final decision to be made in their case. Additionally, many face challenges to acquiring legal representation. Under the Trump administration, only 521 people were granted asylum out of the 70,000 that were placed into the first iteration of MPP. Many legal service providers say they refuse to be complicit with this inherently unfair policy, and will not take the cases anymore.

“I don’t think there’s any indication that the Biden administration can actually finish these cases in six months, there just isn’t the logistical capacity or staffing to carry that out,” says Kizuka. “This program puts people in danger and it also endangers the lives of the legal service providers’ staff. I suspect very few people will be able to find attorneys to assist them in the program.”

Since the program ultimately closes the border and ports of entry to asylum-seekers, individuals have been pushed away from ports of entry and into perilous situations. According to the U.S. Border Patrol, there were 557 Southwest border deaths in the 2021 fiscal year.

Alfredo Salazar, an organizer with Unión Migrante, a New Orleans-based nonprofit dedicated to immigration reform, remembers when he crossed the border in 1996. He calls the Biden administration’s decision to reinstate the program “a betrayal to the Latino community.”

“It is terrible, I would hear women screaming at night being raped in front of you and you can’t say or do anything because the coyote or narcotraffickers will disappear you,” says Salazar. “You’re in the middle of the forest, far away from other people because of the border patrol vigilance. They’ll kill you like an animal.”

Activists and asylum-seekers are calling on the Biden administration to continue winding down the program and create a safe pathway to asylum. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas has repeatedly stated that MPP has endemic flaws, and has failed to address the root causes of irregular migration, but claims the administration will work to grant access to asylum-seekers as quickly as possible and receive work permits, health care, and other services while they wait in Mexico.

Alexandra Martinez is the senior news reporter at Prism. She is a Cuban-American writer based in Miami, Florida, with an interest in immigration, the economy, gender justice, and the environment.

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