Original post: https://njfon.org/2022/07/01/national-jfon-welcomes-supreme-court-decision-to-end-migrant-protection-protocol/
National JFON welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision in Biden v. Texas, a 5-4 ruling permitting the Biden administration to terminate the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico Program.” This Trump-era policy forced asylum seekers to remain in Mexico under dangerous conditions while their claims were decided.
As we celebrate this Supreme Court decision, we must also hold space for a somber reflection and analysis of the human rights impact of this anti-immigration policy. Through MPP, the U.S. government systematically denied over 75,000 migrants fleeing persecution their international legal right to seek asylum in the United States. Over 1,500 migrants placed in MPP were kidnapped, murdered, tortured, and raped. The profound physical, mental, and emotional trauma inflicted on asylum seekers by the U.S. government through the implementation of MPP, can never be undone, and it must never be forgotten.
National JFON stands in solidarity with the resilient and courageous asylum seekers south of the border waiting for the opportunity to request asylum at our Ports of Entry. We call on the Biden administration to immediately bring asylum seekers in Mexico to safety. This includes following through with the administration’s promise to end Title 42, which has resulted in almost 2 million migrants being expelled to Mexico under the guise of public health. We demand a complete restoration of our asylum system to one that is rooted in human rights and that welcomes asylum seekers with compassion and dignity.
“While we in Arizona welcome this unexpected decision from the Supreme Court, it
does not undo the significant harm that has disproportionately impacted Black,
Indigenous and LGBTQ asylum seekers. I believe this decision will save lives and
prevent the severe harm that it caused to all of those forced to stay in the region of
Northern Mexico. Arizona JFON remains steadfast in providing legal services and legal
orientation to asylum seekers on both sides of the border as they continue their journey
to freedom in the United States.”
—Ella Rawls, Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors
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