Biden administration to allow 25,000 asylum-seekers in Mexico into US

Katie Ramirez
February 15, 2021

This is a stark contrast to the Trump-era immigration policy that kept asylum-seekers in Mexico as they waited for their immigration hearings.

During a call with reporters on Thursday evening, three Biden administration officials described the plans to process MPP enrollees, with the first phase beginning on February 19.

The new guidelines will require migrants to register online or via phone, be tested for the coronavirus in Mexico and then come to a USA port of entry on a specific day.

The move by Mr Biden comes amidst a flurry of executive actions to undo many of Mr Trump's immigration policies.

About 70,000 asylum-seekers were enrolled in the "Remain in Mexico" program, also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, since it was introduced in January 2019.

"Although some people with pending cases may have given up after waiting for their hearing or due to violence in northern Mexico", Kocher added, "it remains a legal and moral imperative that the USA government abide by national and worldwide refugee law and provide these individuals with an opportunity to request asylum".

"As President Biden has made clear, the United States government is committed to rebuilding a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system", Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. This group is estimated to include about 25,000 people.

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"Due to the current pandemic, restrictions at the border remain in place and will be enforced", he said. "Getting word out on when to report to the border for release in the United States may prove a daunting job". The DHS said there would be a new "virtual registration process that will be accessible from any location".

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"We think it's good that they don't build any more walls", said Lopez Obrador, noting that several past USA presidents have extended border barriers during their terms. The U.N. migration agency's Mexico director, Dana Graber Ladek, said last month that it would seek to inform and support asylum-seekers on any changes in the "Remain in Mexico" policy. "Advocates argue that communication problems, including lack of working addresses in Mexico, caused some to miss hearings and lose their cases as a result".

It saw tens of thousands of non-Mexican asylum seekers - mostly from Central America - sent back over the border pending the outcome of their asylum applications, creating a humanitarian crisis in the area, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency reported an average of 3,000 arrests per day in January, primarily of people attempting to crossing between US land ports of entry.

Jewish Family Service of San Diego housed 191 asylum seekers the first 10 days of February after the were released by United States authorities, up from 144 in January and 54 in December, said Eitan Peled, the group's border services advocate.

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