Friday, August 19, 2022

The Biden Administration to reimpose “Remain in Mexico” Policy

This week, Biden administration officials shared their plan to reimplement the “Remain in Mexico” policy.  They emphasized their commitment to end the program and described their new outline to improve conditions for asylum seekers.

The policy stops asylum seekers from entering the U.S. while immigration courts review their case.

The main disapproval of the policy is the lack of access to U.S. legal services for enrollees in Mexican border camps. The Biden administration is now working with legal service providers and has promised 24- hour consultation opportunities to help with immigration court cases and screening interviews.

To ensure Mexican government cooperation, improved conditions on the U.S. – Mexico border was an important component. The Biden administration has provided migrants with access to transportation as well as provided shelters with access to Wi-Fi.

Under the policy’s latest review, the Biden administration has created new standards to judge migrants in court. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will interview and judge migrants on whether there’s a “reasonable possibility” they will have to return to Mexico rather than the formerly used and restrictive “more then likely not” standard.

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