Remain in Mexico: Fatally Flawed

The so-called Migrant Protection Protocols (“Remain in Mexico”) forced people seeking asylum to wait in Mexico while their claims were heard in U.S. Immigration Courts. Trapped in Mexico, they were often targeted for horrific kidnappings, torture and violent harm. 
The Trump administration initiated Remain in Mexico in December 2018, and the federal government used the policy to turn people away to Mexico. 
The Biden administration initially terminated Remain in Mexico in June 2021, but several states challenged that action in court. After a court order in December 2021, the administration reimplemented and expanded Remain in Mexico consistent with that decision. 
In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Biden administration could end the policy. Litigation continues in federal district court. From its initial implementation, its expansion, litigation, and its end, Human Rights First has researched the effects of Remain in Mexico and advocated for its termination. In addition to the harm it did to asylum seekers, it represented a migration management failure, as recognized by Secretary Mayorkas.

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