After Supreme Court Ruling, Immigrant Rights Advocates Push to End ‘Stay in Mexico’ Policy | Latin voice | Chicago News
The Supreme Court has certified its ruling authorizing the Biden administration to end the Migrant Protection Protocols policy, better known as “Stay in Mexico.”
The policy was part of former President Donald Trump’s border policy requiring migrants seeking asylum in the United States to wait in Mexico for hearings. In June, a Supreme Court ruling overturned a lower court that forced the policy to be reinstated in December. But while President Joe Biden has previously tried to end the policy, there has been little comment so far on when his administration might officially follow through.
Gladis Molina Alt, Executive Director of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, said she had spent time along the US-Mexico border and the situation remained very difficult for migrants in limbo.
“What I saw on the ground were families, parents, we talked about having to make a tough decision about whether they should stay in Mexico while they wait for their case to be processed or make this tough decision to bring their children across the border alone. while they stay in Mexico. So family unity is something that we have seen to be an issue on the pitch,” Molina Alt said. “We also heard from the two people who are in these MPP camps talking about the security issues they face, the kidnappings that are happening, the rapes that have happened, the human rights abuses for them in as migrants in Mexico that take place.”
The MPP policy isn’t the only policy still in place under Biden that’s problematic for immigrants, said Helena Olea, associate director of programs at Alianza Americas.
“With the pandemic, the Trump administration enacted Title 42 on the pretext that the border needed to be closed for public health reasons. So we need to understand the interplay between these two policies because even though there is an end to MPP, Title 42 continues to work,” Olea said. “And most people who try to seek asylum are rejected, deported and sent back to Mexico. So when you look at the numbers, there are over two million people impacted by Title 42. And the number of people impacted by MPP, while significant, is less, around 80,000 or 90,000 people.
Daysi Funes, Executive Director of Centro Romero, said that while much of the attention regarding the MPP is focused on the border, the effects of the policy are being felt across the country, including among Chicago-area immigrants.
“We are still seeing the consequences of people whose families have been separated, that’s the hardest part because we’re talking about one of the biggest groups that has started to come in, which is women and children,” he said. said Romero. “That’s why we see a lot of kids in cages before the Trump administration. And even though this administration said right now, well, we don’t have them in cages and we have a special space. They are still in jail, they are still under CBP protection. So what we see is our families waiting to receive their families here. We are looking at what happened to the Ukrainians, are we not? treatment they received as immigrants and as refugees coming to this country has a very different approach from the administration than those who come from south of the border.