Alba Jaramillo, executive director for Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors and advocacy consultant with National Justice for Our Neighbors, released the following statement responding to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally ending the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico Program”:
The MPP program was unconscionable and an absolute assault on human rights. Since its implementation in 2018, almost 70,000 people were impacted by this horrific policy, with as many as1,300 asylum seekers kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered as a direct result of being forced to remain in Mexico.
On day one of the Biden-Harris administration, Arizona JFON joins our network and other immigrant rights groups in celebrating yesterday’s immigration policy changes.
We are grateful that funding for the border wall has been halted. The construction of the wall has harmed our border communities for far too long. It has harmed indigenous sacred spaces infringing on indigenous sovereignty, threatened the migration of border species, and threatened critical habitats.
We—National Justice for Our Neighbors and the entire Justice for Our Neighbors network—are overjoyed by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).