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"REMAIN IN MEXICO" Policy a Humanitarian Disaster

February 14, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

In yesterday's Justice Alert, Pax Christi listed the numerous efforts of the current administration to curtail the arrival of migrants to the U.S. The administration has heralded those changes as a victory for border security. For asylum seekers they have become a horror story.  

The most egregious is the Migrant Protection Protocols, known as "Remain in Mexico", in effect now for a year, that requires asylum seekers to remain in Mexico for their immigration court cases in the U.S. The program has expanded beyond asylum seekers to include those who have crossed illegally.

The program is in effect in seven ports of entry and has returned more than 57,000 people, according to the Department of Homeland Security. 

What happens to people who have long waits in Mexico? They have inadequate shelter, food, protection, legal assistance and means of support. There are reported cases of assault, rape and murder. Among the people there is widespread disillusionment, depression and desperation.

The San Diego Union Tribune reports that 187 people of the nearly 30,000 who have finished their proceedings -- less than 1 percent -- have won asylum, with the government appealing every one of those cases. Some people have been sent back to Mexico to await the appeal outcome. At times border officials give fake court dates so they can be sent back to Mexico even after their cases are finished.

We must demand with our voice and our vote that this unjust policy be ended.

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