Mexico stay policy can be terminated

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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Biden administration can end a Trump-era asylum policy.

Trump-era policy stipulated that migrant asylum seekers should wait in Mexico until their hearings in the United States.

“It’s actually a victory for the Biden administration,” said Mo Goldman, an immigration attorney in Tucson. “But it’s a bit of a hollow win in that there’s still Title 42 up at the moment.”

Goldman said that with Title 42 still in effect, this Supreme Court ruling will not change much for migrant asylum seekers.

“Because if a migrant wants to come to a port of entry and ask for protection, they’re going to be turned away because of the Title 42 provision,” Goldman said.

Goldman pointed to the recent tragedy in San Antonio where 53 migrants died as something that could become more common.

“Unfortunately, these types of incidents are more likely to occur at a time when people cannot follow legal pathways to travel to the United States.” said Goldman. “So they’re going to look for another way to do it and the beneficiaries are the cartels, the human traffickers.”

In April, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels said his staff was already stretched thin.

“We’re already trying to fix this, we’re already overwhelmed,” Sheriff Dannels said. “We’re a rural county; we don’t have the resources like you have in Pima or Maricopa County and towns beyond.”

Those who are already waiting for their case to be heard also face a strained system. Immigration courts are backed by a wait for years.

“The reality is there’s still a lot to fix or fix for the system to work practically,” Goldman said. “It just doesn’t work the way it should and that’s mainly due to lack of resources.”

The backlog is only expected to get worse if Title 42 is lifted.

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Greg Bradbury is a reporter for KGUN 9. Greg is a graduate of Syracuse University where he studied broadcast journalism and Spanish. Greg joined KGUN 9 in February 2021 as a Multimedia Reporter after working at the ABC National Desk as a Digital News Associate. Share your story ideas and important issues with Greg via email greg.bradbury@kgun9.com or by logging on to Facebook, instagramand Twitter.

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