Immigration advocates are growing frustrated with the Biden administration for failing to take action after the Supreme Court last month cleared the way for him to overturn the government’s ‘stay in Mexico’ policy. Trump era that forced thousands of asylum seekers to wait there for their United States. legal procedures, Politics reported Tuesday.
Although Department of Homeland Security officials, including Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, have publicly said the policy will be scrapped, they have not released details of their plans, according to immigration advocates and advocacy groups. civil society in regular contact with the administration.
“At the end of the day, they said they wanted to restore a meaningful asylum system. Well, now is their chance to show they mean it,” said Judy Rabinovitz, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants Project. ‘ Rights Project. “They don’t have their hands tied anymore and as long as they don’t, they should keep that promise.”
More than 110 immigrant and refugee rights groups, including the ACLU and the Women’s Refugee Commission, have urged the Biden administration in a letter sent last week to take specific action to untie the policy.
“Anything short of a quick and ‘stay in Mexico’ end will undermine the administration’s credibility; set a terrible example for other countries, including those hosting the vast majority of refugees in the world; will reward and encourage efforts to end legal actions by the administration and bolster the unfounded narratives peddled by those who seek to portray those seeking protection as threats to the United States,” the groups said. in their letter.
The organizations also urged the Biden administration to ask the Supreme Court to “promptly forward” its decision to the lower court to expedite a formal end to the policy.
Several advocates said they want the administration to be more transparent about its plans to end the “Remain in Mexico” policy and coordinate with local groups and NGOs, Politico reported.
“The most important thing is to get people to safety and get them out of the insecurity they face in Mexico as quickly as possible,” said Katharina Obser, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission. “We very much hope that they will act urgently here to ensure that people can, in fact, pursue their asylum claims in a fair and humane way…after they have very publicly pledged to do so.”
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