The current administration of the US does not agree with asylum seekers residing in the country while they await a response to their immigration applications. Thus, since President Trump took office in 2017, his administration has implemented multiple policies that increase restrictions for asylum seekers.
For instance, at the beginning of 2019, the US government signed an agreement with Mexico’s government called the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), commonly known as “Remain in Mexico”.
Broadly speaking, this policy states that asylum seekers must remain in Mexico while they await the response to their immigration applications, which can usually take a long time.
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Asylum seekers face adverse circumstances
It is important to understand that immigrants request political asylum because they need international protection while trying to flee persecution, violence, or threats from their territories.
Therefore, they normally arrive at the borders of the US without personal belongings or economic stability. That is the reason why they currently live in temporary shelters, and survive on donations from neighboring communities, activist organizations and immigrant rights advocates, who constantly watch over their well-being.
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Asylum seekers protest at Mexico’s borders
In addition to donations from activists, Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) has the obligation to offer basic services to immigrants waiting at the borders under the MPP policy.
However, this entity has failed to fulfill its obligations in recent months and hundreds of asylum seekers are protesting to receive basic services. They argue that toilets in immigrant camps located in Matamoros, Mexico, do not have adequate hygiene conditions and the Coronavirus pandemic increases the sanitary risk.
Asylum seekers state that “They suspended the sanitary services that INM pays for. Enough of this inhumanity, we want to get out of here because we are not criminals (…) Conditions are worse, the whole camp is the same. Now they want to remove the electric power; The situation that is being lived here is tough.”
Governments of the US and Mexico have yet to respond to this complaint. However, the MPP policy has received countless criticism because immigrants who arrive at the borders need international protection through humanitarian programs such as political asylum, and the Trump administration is denying this right, evading the responsibility of helping to the most vulnerable communities.
Motion Law’s team can help you with your immigration case
In addition to political asylum, the US immigration system offers multiple options for immigrants to apply for legal entry and residence.
Therefore, we recommend for you to contact Motion Law’s team as soon as possible to learn about your options, choose the process that suits your needs, organize your case effectively, and receive a positive response for your immigration application.
If you have any questions about an immigration issue or relating to a case you may have currently in progress, then please don’t hesitate to contact us for a FREE Phone Consultation with one of our expert immigration attorneys.
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