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Immigration: Supreme Court Revives Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” Program

HeadlineAug 25, 2021

In immigration news, the Supreme Court has revived the contested Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program. Tuesday’s ruling comes after a federal judge in Texas and Trump appointee last week ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the 2019 policy, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols. The program forced some 68,000 asylum seekers to wait in often extremely dangerous conditions in Mexico while their cases made their way through U.S. courts. Many reported kidnappings and facing brutal violence while waiting in Mexico. Immigrant justice advocates have vowed to continue fighting the policy. In related news, the group Human Rights First has tracked over 6,000 kidnappings, sexual assaults and other brutal violence against asylum seekers, who have been blocked from entering the United States at ports of entry or quickly expelled to Mexico since President Biden took office. The group is denouncing Biden’s continued use of Title 42, a Trump-era policy that allows immigration authorities to expel asylum seekers without due process, citing the pandemic as justification.

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