US: Government ends automatic deportation of asylum seekers to Mexico

US: Government ends automatic deportation of asylum seekers to Mexico

Highly criticized by civil rights defenders, this policy was adopted during the Trump era

The end of a flagship measure of Donald Trump’s policy. Asylum seekers will no longer be sent back to Mexico while their cases are being considered by the courts. The US Department of Homeland Security announced Monday evening to end the immigration decree adopted by the former president.

The announcement came hours after a judge lifted an injunction that prevented US President Joe Biden’s administration from repealing the “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPPs), a measure dubbed “Remain in Mexico” (Remain in Mexico City).

Highly criticized by civil rights associations, “Staying in Mexico” was implemented in 2019, under the presidency of Donald Trump, who had made the fight against illegal immigration one of the markers of his policy. The measure will be abolished “in a speedy and orderly manner,” the ministry wrote in a statement.

Cancellation of the migration decree

The “PPMs have endemic flaws, impose unjustifiable human costs and divert resources and personnel from other priority efforts aimed at securing our border”, justified the ministry.

Shortly after taking office, Joe Biden had tried to put an end to it for an approach that wanted to be more human.

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