Know About the Large Number of Immigrant Asylum Re-Entering the States
The ‘Remain in Mexico’ program of the Trump administration deprived asylum seekers of a chance to enter the US and apply for citizenship. The program dramatically restricted access to asylum and deterred Latin American migrants from seeking refuge in the US. But things are changing. Positive developments are expected under the current administration. Talk to an asylum lawyer in New York for advice if these changes affect you or someone you know.
The new direction set by President Biden is allowing border officials to start processing the pending cases of around 26,000 people who are still waiting in Mexico under Trump’s program known as MPP (Migrant Protection Protocols). In January, President Biden also ordered a pause on placing new asylum seekers under the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program. This pause does not end the program for those who are already waiting in Mexico, however.
The US State Department referred to the initial processing of returnees as the ‘drawdown,’ a word that is typically utilized for overseas military operations. Brownsville and El Paso in Texas are the two other ports of entry that are expected to start the same processing. You can learn more about the situation, and your best course of action for your case, by talking to one of the best asylum lawyers in New York.
On February 19, a group of 25 asylum seekers were able to enter the San Ysidro Port of Entry discreetly. The non-profit organization Jewish Family Service of San Diego confirmed that these immigrants had MPP cases and remained in their care, quarantined in hotel rooms per the direction of public health officials of the county, for as long as the law requires. Among them were five individual adults and six families from Peru, Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras.