California Protests Against Immigration Policies

Morgan Hills protests against "Remain in Mexico" policy

Morgan Hill protests against current immigration policies

It is well known that the current administration of the US, headed by President Donald Trump, has considerably modified the country’s immigration policies in recent years. In addition to that, after the arrival of the Coronavirus in the North American territory, the Trump government has implemented multiple restrictions that prevent immigrants from entering the country.

This has unleashed social chaos among immigrant rights advocates, activists, critics, and expert immigration attorneys, because due to the health crisis, many of the processes supported by the US law are either being omitted or not fully followed.

That is why hundreds of people protested peacefully on the streets of Morgan Hill, California, calling for a reevaluation of current immigration processes and the living conditions of thousands of immigrants waiting on the borders under the “Remain in Mexico” policy.

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The arguments of those attending the protest

The protest took place on Friday, June 26, 2020. The activists began the peaceful protest on Monterey Road and ended in front of the Vineyard Court, where there is an office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE).

ICE is the entity in charge of protecting the borders, handling several immigration processes and supervising the immigration detention centers around the country.

That is why activists decided to go to the ICE office, to protest against the “Remain in Mexico” policy, which forces asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while waiting for a response to their immigration requests.

Activists argued during the protest that the “Remain in Mexico” policy, officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), is highly damaging to asylum seekers for several reasons.

Let’s see some of them:

  1. Families are separated and minors usually go to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) centers and must remain without their parents for a considerable period of time, in the custody of the US government.
    Activists claim that family separation deeply hurts the immigrant community and affects children’s development.
  2. Immigrants live at the borders between Mexico and the US in temporary shelters, without food supplies, hygiene protocols, medical personnel, or protection from local gangs.
  3. During the Coronavirus health crisis, the situation worsens for asylum seekers, as these temporary shelters are overcrowded and there is no access to soap or toilets in acceptable hygiene conditions.
  4. Many asylum seekers have been deported in the midst of the global pandemic, which threatens more vulnerable territories and they are left unprotected.
    Activists claim that it is the US’ duty to protect the most vulnerable populations, such as asylum seekers.

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