End the "Remain in Mexico" Policy | Center for Victims of Torture

End the "Remain in Mexico" Policy

The Biden Administration Must END the Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" policy, NOT Expand It

Every person has the right to seek asylum, including from torture. But if you attempt to seek asylum by crossing the U.S. Southern border, you face many discriminatory and illegal policies, one of which is officially, and inaccurately, called Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain in Mexico.”

The Biden administration halted the policy shortly after taking office, but in December 2021 the administration has continued the policy as a result of a court mandate from a decision issued on December 13, 2021. Shockingly, the Biden administration made the choice to expand the criteria of individuals who will be subjected to the policy. In the first version of the policy, non-Spanish speakers were exempt, but now all those from the Western Hemisphere countries will be subject to MPP. 

During the MPP of the Trump era, tens of thousands of asylum seekers were sent to dangerous border cities in Mexico to wait during the pendency of their immigration claim. Human Rights First reported that there have been more than 1,500 attacks against people as of February 2021. A little over one year after implementation of MPP, there were already more than 1,000 cases of extreme violence perpetrated upon people forced to live in the camps and shelters in Mexican border cities, including reports of torture, murder and rape. The new version of the policy, known as MPP 2.0, will include Haitians, whose inability to speak Spanish and high potential to face racism in Mexico will place them at higher risk of violence. 

MPP takes away asylum seekers’ ability to protect themselves and their families from the sometimes deadly COVID-19 virus, and in doing so heightens the risk for everyone. It also takes the right to seek asylum and tosses it aside. As most individuals subject to MPP cannot access legal counsel, the policy leads to the denial of cases that would have otherwise been approved.

The U.S. must stop treating people fleeing war and torture so despicably.

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