Judge declares it’s illegal to force migrants to wait in Mexico

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Judge declares it’s illegal to force migrants to wait in Mexico
  • A federal judge declared that forcing migrants to wait in Mexico is unconstitutional.
  • Although the judge’s ruling is not immediate, it could prevent the government from limiting the entry of asylum seekers to the United States.
  • The United States stopped accepting asylum applications at the crossings in March 2020 due to Title 42.

A federal judge ruled on Thursday that the US government’s practice of prohibiting immigrants from seeking asylum at the Mexican border until there is room to process the petitions is unconstitutional, The Associated Press reported.

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Federal District Judge Cynthia Bashant’s ruling doesn’t have an immediate effect, but it could prevent the government from limiting the entry of asylum seekers on the grounds that it lacks resources. It could also bring relief to some of the tens of thousands of people who put their names on unofficial waiting lists in Mexican border cities.

Judge declares that waiting policy in Mexico is unconstitutional

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Bashant, who was elected by former President Barack Obama, ordered the Department of Justice and the plaintiffs, spearheaded by the Los Angeles activist group To the other side, who will recommend their next steps before October 1.

The practice of limiting the number of people who can request asylum at land crossings between the United States and Mexico, known as “metering,” began in 2016 during the Obama presidency, when large numbers of Haitians showed up at the main crossing to San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico.

The US stopped accepting applications in March 2020

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This practice was expanded to the entire border in 2018 with Donald Trump in the White House, generating large and often questionable waiting lists that varied considerably between Mexican border cities. The United States stopped accepting asylum applications at the crossings in March 2020, with few exceptions, under a pandemic-related order known as Title 42.

At the time, the Trump administration invoked its authority to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and the Joe Biden executive expanded it. In her decision, the judge asked both parties to explain the impact of Title 42, The Associated Press news agency explained.

Practice of ‘Wait in Mexico’ violates constitutional rights

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The waiting lists continue to grow. In May, those in Mexican border cities had more than 18,600 names, more than half of them in Tijuana, according to a report by the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin. Registrations broke their record with nearly 27,000 names in August 2019.

In her 45-page ruling, the judge found that the waiting policy in Mexico violated constitutional rights to due process under the law and a federal law that requires officials to prosecute anyone who comes forward seeking asylum, she said. the AP.

Asylum seekers exposed to grave dangers

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The magistrate, responding to a lawsuit filed almost four years ago, unequivocally backed the criticism that waiting lists were not monitored by US authorities, that they are subject to fraud and corruption, and that asylum seekers were exposed to serious physical dangers while waiting in Mexico. Those who sued the US government felt vindicated.

“The Court duly recognized the high human cost of metering, including the high risk of assault, disappearance and death when Customs and Border Protection agents fail to perform their duty to inspect and process asylum seekers and force them to wait. in Mexico, ”said Melissa Crow, an attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Biden called metering a disastrous practice

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The Justice Department declined to comment. For his part, President Biden called metering a “disastrous” practice during his election campaign, but it is unclear whether he holds that view or whether the courts could force him to adopt it anyway.

Last week, the Supreme Court ordered the government to reinstate Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy so that asylum seekers who have entered US soil and have a date to appear before an immigration judge wait in Mexico for this to happen.

The US will require applicants for permanent residence to be vaccinated against covid-19

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The US government will require applicants for permanent residence and other types of visas such as refugee visas to be vaccinated against covid-19, announced this Wednesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This measure will be implemented from October 1st of the current year. “The covid-19 vaccine now meets the vaccination criteria for applicants for refugee or immigrant status,” they said in a statement.

The US will require applicants for permanent residence to be vaccinated against covid-19

The US will require applicants for permanent residence to be vaccinated against covid-19
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From October 1, 2021, all those immigrants who request asylum, refuge or residence must be vaccinated to comply with the medical requirements that the immigration authorities will now demand.

The CDC also explained that applicants must have a complete vaccination against the coronavirus, that is, one or two doses according to the vaccine that is applied. In view of these new regulations, they recommend completing the application of immunizations quickly. Filed Under: Waiting policy declared illegal in Mexico.

Some exceptions to the rule

The US will require applicants for permanent residence to be vaccinated against covid-19
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The new measure will have some exceptions. In the case of children, vaccination will not be required since the health authorities still do not recommend applying the immunization doses due to their age, reported EFE.

Those who for health reasons cannot receive the vaccine will also be exempt. In addition, they will take into consideration applicants for permanent residence who come from countries where vaccines are “not available.” Filed Under: Waiting policy declared illegal in Mexico.

Countries where the vaccine is not available

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The immigration authorities will take as an exception to the rule those applicants in whose countries of origin the vaccine is not available to the population or even if the low number of doses means a delay in getting vaccinated.

“If the vaccine is available but due to a limited supply in the countries of origin, and this causes a significant delay for the applicant to receive their vaccine, then this situation would also be considered as’ not routinely available,” the statement added. . Filed Under: Waiting policy declared illegal in Mexico.

Other cases will be evaluated one by one

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Finally, they informed that they will also exempt applicants who, due to religious or moral objections, reject the vaccine. Under this argument, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the State Department will evaluate and decide on each case individually.

Only children, medical exceptions, originating from countries with no vaccines available, and those with religious or moral objections will be able to break the rule. The rest of the applicants will be considered inadmissible if they are not properly vaccinated against Covid-19. Filed Under: Waiting policy declared illegal in Mexico.

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