US policy known as ‘remain in Mexico’ ended

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it was ending a Trump-era policy that required asylum seekers to wait in Mexico to await a hearing in U.S. immigration court.

The timing has been questionable since the Supreme Court ruled on June 30 that the Biden administration could end its “stay in Mexico” policy. Homeland Security officials said they would have to wait for the court to approve the verdict and for Matthew Kaksmalik, a Trump-appointed judge in Amarillo, Texas, to lift the injunction. The Supreme Court confirmed its ruling last week.

In a statement, Homeland Security said the program would be dissolved “in a swift and orderly manner.” No more people have been registered and those who have appeared in court will not be returned to Mexico when they appear in the United States for their next hearing.

The ministry said the policy “has inherent flaws, imposes an unreasonable human cost, and draws resources and personnel away from other priority efforts to secure the border.”

Many questions remain, including whether those whose claims are dismissed or dismissed will be given a second chance, or whether those whose next court is months away will be allowed to return to the U.S. sooner. . The Department of Homeland Security said it would provide additional information “in the coming days.”

About 70,000 immigrants were covered by the policy from the time President Donald Trump introduced it in January 2019 until President Joe Biden suspended it on his first day in office in January 2021. Many were allowed to return to the United States to file lawsuits during the early months of the Biden presidency.

Nearly 5,800 people were covered by the policy between December and June, which is a conservative number. Most are Nicaraguans, with some from Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela.

Mr Trump has made the policy central to his border enforcement, but critics say it is inhumane as it exposes immigrants to extreme violence in Mexico and makes access to lawyers much more difficult.

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