“Stay In Mexico”: United States And Mexico Resume Donald Trump’s Controversial Program For Asylum Seekers | Joe Biden | WORLD

The US government will re-implement the “Stay in Mexico” program next Monday, which forces asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while their cases are resolved in the US, after reaching an agreement with the Mexican Executive.

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This was confirmed on Thursday by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS, in English), which specified that, once the program is “fully” active, migrants will be returned to Mexico at seven ports of entry along the along the common border.

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The government of US President Joe Biden this year repealed that controversial measure that had been promoted by his predecessor, Donald Trump (2017-2021), and which was widely criticized by human rights organizations.

However, a federal judge invalidated that attempt by Biden to end the program and ordered DHS to resume it, and since then, the US government has held negotiations with the Mexican on the parameters in which that initiative would be implemented again.

In its statement, the DHS said that it has worked “closely” with the Executive of the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, so that there are “safe havens” for those migrants to whom the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) are applied. , in English), formal designation of the “Stay in Mexico” program.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry said in another statement that the United States “has accepted the humanitarian concerns of the Government of Mexico,” among which it cited “greater resources for shelters and international organizations” that serve migrants returned to their country.

He also assured that “measures against covid-19 will be applied, such as medical check-ups” and that there will be “availability of vaccines for migrants” waiting at the border for their appointments in the US immigration courts.

“The Government of Mexico has decided that, for humanitarian reasons and temporarily, it will not return to their countries of origin certain migrants who have an appointment to appear before an immigration judge in the United States to request asylum in that country,” said the Chancellery.

The ports of entry where the program will be applied once it is fully in force will be San Diego and Calexico (California), in addition to Nogales (Arizona), and in four points in Texas: El Paso, Eagle Pass , Laredo, and Brownsville, according to DHS.

The Biden government has promised to seek new ways to end the “Stay in Mexico” program, which according to human rights organizations does not comply with US obligations regarding migration and asylum, because migrants sent to northern Mexico may be victims of trafficking networks or kidnapped to demand ransom.

In practice, the United States continues to deport the majority of undocumented immigrants who arrive at its southern border without giving them the opportunity to request asylum, based on another measure known as “Title 42” and that its government justifies due to the pandemic.

According to official sources cited by The Wall Street Journal, the US authorities will continue to give priority to “Title 42” and will only place the undocumented in the “Stay in Mexico” program in those cases in which they cannot expel them using that protected measure. in the pandemic.

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