In immigration news, the Biden administration has issued a new memo in an attempt to end the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as “Remain in Mexico,” which forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases make their way through U.S. courts. After taking office, Biden rescinded the program, but a court ruling revived the policy in August.
In related news, a caravan of mostly Central American and Caribbean asylum seekers traveling from southern Mexico to the northern border had to take a brief pause on their journey as a number of travelers, including young children, face health problems and exhaustion from the arduous journey. This is a Cuban migrant.
Juan Pérez: “The health of the migrants is terrible. People have a fever, sores on their feet. We are receiving medical attention. Many pregnant women have miscarried on the way and have received medical assistance. The trek is challenging.”
Mexican authorities have attempted to negotiate with members of the caravan, but many turned down so-called humanitarian visas in exchange for ending their trek, saying they didn’t trust the offer due to past mistreatment.