Immigration Advocates Rally to End ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

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Crowds gathered outside the Supreme Court ahead of arguments on whether the Biden administration can end the Trump-era program

Hundreds of immigration advocates gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court on Tuesday ahead of oral arguments on Biden v. Texas, a case about whether the Biden administration can end the Trump-era “Stay in Mexico” program.

The case asks the Supreme Court to consider whether the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should continue to enforce the program that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for decisions in their U.S. immigration cases . Texas and Missouri challenged DHS’ October 29, 2021 decision terminating the program.

“Today, we are here to hold the Supreme Court accountable to the will of the people,” said Tami Goodlette, director of litigation at RAICES, a nonprofit promoting free and low-cost legal services to immigrants with disabilities. served.

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“The Biden v. Texas case is a critical moment for our democracy as the Supreme Court will decide whether the states of Texas and Missouri can undermine our laws and the will of millions of voters.”

“The Supreme Court must overturn the lower court’s decision and ensure that President Biden and future administrations have the autonomy to implement their own policies, and that the harm inflicted on migrants seeking safety in our country due of the cruel and immoral “Stay in Mexico” policy will come to a definite end.

Goodlette added: “Our laws are crystal clear: anyone who arrives at our border has the right to seek asylum and a person who fears persecution cannot be sent to a place where they are in danger. When people cross borders, their human rights come with them. The Supreme Court must allow President Biden to end Stay in Mexico once and for all.

When the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday morning on whether the Biden administration could abandon Trump-era politics, lawyers debated whether the executive branch alone has the authority to define the US immigration policies.

The Biden administration argued that it had discretion to end the program and that it was not an effective way to deal with migrant asylum seekers.

US Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar argued that Congress had allocated enough money to pay for just over 30,000 beds for migrants detained at the border, which is not enough for the thousands more who travel each month to the US-Mexico border.

Allen Morris, policy and government affairs strategist at RAICES, said: “Trump’s ‘Stay in Mexico’ policy was designed to inflict the highest level of suffering on families and children for choosing to seek safety in the states. States, especially black migrants.”

“The policy was implemented during an influx of Haitian and black migrants arriving at the U.S. border, who were then subjected to abuse, racism, and further displacement to an unfamiliar country.”

Read: Protesters gather at Supreme Court as justices mull ‘stay in Mexico’ policy (April 26, 2022)

“Black asylum seekers face rampant racism in Mexico and are more likely to be denied asylum. Instead of providing care and safety to migrants, the United States actively chooses to create an environment of endemic danger and abuse where vulnerable people are at heightened risk of violence and exploitation.

“It is poignant and telling that the United States has issued travel warnings and restrictions for the same cities it is dumping migrants under the heading ‘Stay in Mexico’. These cycles of suffering have gone on for far too long. Supreme Court must reverse the lower court’s decision and end this racist Trump-era policy.

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