On August 24, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 6-3, to restore the Trump-era ‘remain in Mexico’ policy (formerly known as the Migrant Protection Protocols or MPP). This policy forces people seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to stay in Mexico while their asylum applications are pending. Biden suspended MPP during his first day in office back in January, and the program was phased out and officially terminated by the Department of Homeland Security in June. In August, District Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointed judge based in Amarillo, TX, ruled that rescinding the program violated the law claiming the the administration “had failed to show a likelihood of success on the claim that the memorandum rescinding the Migrant Protection Protocols was not arbitrary and capricious.”Read Crux’s interview with KBI’s executive director, Joanna Williams, and other Catholic immigration leaders on the life-threatening consequences for migrants and the ramifications of reinstating the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols or ‘remain in Mexico’ policy.
Analysis: If Biden wants to work with Mexico on migration and asylum, he might start talking to Mexican NGOs
Researchers Kevin Cole, Zaid Hydari, Ana Martin Gil, and Kelsey Norman surveyed NGOs based in Mexico working with asylum seekers to gauge interest on working directly with U.S. policymakers and State Department officials to offer first-hand observations and recommendations to better inform U.S. asylum policies. Kino Border Initiative participated in this survey. Learn more about the their findings.
A big win this month for immigrant advocates as U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant, an Obama appointed judge based in Southern California, ruled that CBP’s practice of turning back migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border or “metering” was unconstitutional. The lawsuit was brought forward by Al Otro Lado , a California based immigrant rights advocacy group, that claimed that metering violated the Fifth Amendment by depriving migrants arriving at port of entries along the border the right to due process. Kino Border Initiative contributed to this lawsuit by providing a declaration and technical expertise.