“Remain in Mexico” Policy to Be Enforced
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on May 7, 2019 that the Trump administration could continue to enforce the “Remain in Mexico” policy which returns asylum seekers back to Mexico while they wait for an immigration court to hear their case. The appeals court judges stated that, “The plaintiffs fear substantial injury upon return to Mexico, but the likelihood of harm is reduced somewhat by the Mexican government’s commitment to honor its international-law obligations and to grant humanitarian status and work permits to individuals returned.” Archi Pyati, the chief of policy for the Tahirih Justice Center stated, “Asylum seekers have already been killed and harmed while in Tijuana…It is shocking that the government, knowing these risks, continues to push for this course of action.” Once again, the Trump administration has found a way to try to stop immigration all together. What they don’t know is that their actions are putting many lives in danger, especially children. Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project stated, “Asylum seekers are being put at serious risk of harm every day that the forced return policy continues…Notably, two of the three judges that heard this request found that there are serious legal problems with what the government is doing, so there is a good reason to believe that ultimately this policy will be put to a halt.” If you have any questions or concerns in regards to this policy please feel free to contact an immigration attorney.