Analysis: “Remain in Mexico” Program from its Beginning
Trump’s MPP policy
It is no secret that former President Donald Trump had a rather strict view on immigration in general, and in four years, the American population was able to witness just how far the executive branch goes when it comes to an administration that wants to reduce immigration levels.
To give a specific example, the former president stated on multiple occasions that asylum seekers often take advantage of the local immigration system to remain and work in the US knowing that their immigration applications will be denied on grounds of ineligibility.
Thus, in 2019, the Trump administration implemented the policy commonly known as “Remain in Mexico”, officially called MPP (Migrant Protection Protocols). Through this rule, the Trump administration sent hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers to Mexican territory, where they were to wait until they legitimately received political asylum status from an immigration judge.
Naturally and unsurprisingly, conditions for asylum seekers in Mexico were not the best to cover at least basic needs while awaiting a resolution to their immigration cases.
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Asylum seekers sent to Mexico
According to official figures, from January 2019 to January 2021, the Trump administration sent more than 71,000 asylum seekers to Mexico under the MPP policy.
In January 2021, President-elect Joe Biden took office and suspended new enrollments to the “Remain in Mexico” program, as he had promised during his political campaign.
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Asylum cases processed under the Biden administration
In mid-February, shortly after suspending the MPP policy, the Biden administration proposed a resettlement plan for asylum seekers who were stranded in Mexico and met certain eligibility requirements.
From January to now, approximately 13,000 asylum seekers, whose cases were conditioned under the MPP policy, have been processed at the borders thanks to Biden’s resettlement plan.
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What will happen to asylum seekers now?
In mid-August 2021, a Texas judge ordered the Biden administration to reimplement the MPP policy and the US Supreme Court upheld this decision.
Now, the Biden administration is in discussions with Mexican authorities in order to reinstate this rule. But, the real question is, what does this mean for asylum seekers?
Well, on the one hand, there are still approximately 50,000 eligible asylum seekers who have been waiting for an opportunity to enter the US since Trump implemented the MPP and who have not been processed under Biden’s resettlement plan.
On the other hand, asylum seekers arriving in the border territory will now have to wait in Mexico again.
The Biden administration plans to create strategies to reduce the backlog of asylum cases across the country and expedite the process for asylum seekers.
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