Ciudad Juarez (Mexico), December 2 (EFE).- The program “Stay in Mexico” celebrates one year of implementation with the administration of Joe Biden and although it has ended, the migration crisis continues on the northern border of Latin America. country.
In December 2021, the Biden administration said it was forced to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) or “remain in Mexico” due to a federal court order, but that it would do so with “improvements.”
These include a promise to resolve most asylum cases within six months, ensure asylum seekers have access to a lawyer and ensure that “particularly vulnerable people” are not enrolled in the program, but these clauses have not been met.
Because of this, migrants of various nationalities continue to arrive at Mexico’s northern border to remedy their situation and immigrate to the United States, as well as those who are deported to pursue the American dream.
Migrants’ rights are being violated
Fernando García, executive director and founder of Red de Derechos Humanos en la Frontera, told EFE that although the Stay in Mexico program no longer exists, “there are laws like Title 42 that do not allow migrants to request political asylum. And this program and the MPP violates the rights of migrants to give them due process.”
He added that there is a divided country, a divided Congress, and that it is important to remember that the United States is a country of immigrants, and all those seeking asylum should be protected.
In this regard, Juan Fierro, director of the shelter “El Buen Samaritano”, located in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, noted that “the immigration situation remains.
“There was only one break due to the pandemic, and there is always an increase in the flow of migrants to this city on these dates. “The last time they used the MPP program, it was different, because in most cases they didn’t separate the families anymore, rather the men were waiting here alone,” he explained.
One of the migrants at the shelter, José Alejandro García, originally from the Mexican state of Guanajuato, told EFE that he “hopes to go to the United States, although I’m on this side of Mexico.”
According to him, he left his place of origin because of the violence he experienced and hopes that his immigration status will be corrected.
Another case is Irma Mondragon, from the Mexican state of Michoacán (West), who hopes to receive asylum in the United States.
“We hope that they will give us shelter there because of the danger that exists where we live. In my case I come because of violence, sometimes you have plans in your city but it ends in a second because of violence. “It is difficult to separate from the place where one was born, but we hope to save the youth from violence,” he said.
Trump and Biden
The program, which was founded by Donald Trump and activated by Biden after the order of the US Supreme Court, forced asylum seekers from the US to wait for the process in the territory of Mexico.
But as of August 8, the US Department of Homeland Security announced that the implementation of the said program would begin on that date.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) denounced in July 2022 that the United States’ Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), known as “Stay in Mexico,” has affected more than 75,000 migrants at the Mexican border.
Source: El Diario