- More than 70 organizations from Mexico and the US have asked President AMLO to prevent the return of the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.
- The Supreme Court rejected Biden administration’s request and ruled that it could not suspend the policy.
- In addition, the United States DHS prepares an appeal.
More than 70 organizations from Mexico and the United States signed an open letter on Tuesday in which they asked the government of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to oppose the reinstatement of the program that returns asylum seekers and was implemented by former US president Donald Trump, called “Remain in Mexico.”
The letter, signed by NGOs such as Amnesty International and Oxfam, religious groups and departments of various universities, was released just hours before the United States Supreme Court ruled that this policy had to be reinstated, for the signatories it “imposed insurmountable barriers on the process and caused extreme damage” to international protection applicants.
They ask AMLO to prevent the return of the policy ‘Remain in Mexico’
More than 70,000 migrants – mostly Central Americans but also Cubans, Venezuelans and other nationalities – were returned to Mexico by the Trump government in 2019 to await their asylum processes in Mexican territory, a policy that dozens of groups harshly denounced because it left migrants at the mercy of organized crime and in conditions of vulnerability equal to or greater than those in the countries from which they were fleeing.
They ask Mexico to oppose the measure
However, the paralysis of the measure was taken to the United States courts by those who defended it, a federal judge in Texas ordered it to be reimposed, its detractors appealed and the case ended up in the Supreme Court, which on Tuesday night refused to block a lower court ruling ordering the Biden administration to reinstate the program.
The signatory NGOs recalled that Mexico’s support was essential for the operation of the program during the Trump era and affirmed that it is impossible to reinstate this policy now without the “active collaboration” of the Mexican authorities. That is why they asked Mexico to oppose the measure, because although the United States is subject to the decision of the courts, Mexico is not.
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