On June 1st, the Biden Administration formally ended the Migrant Protection Protocols, which have forced tens of thousands of asylum-seekers to wait in dangerous conditions in Mexico for the chance to make their case. Our Executive Director Joanna Williams notes that while this small change in the right direction acknowledges some of the suffering migrants have experienced, a vast swath of migrants who have been affected by the policy remain excluded from a path to seek asylum.
The Biden Administration began work to identify the most vulnerable asylum-seekers trapped in Mexico and give them access to the ports of entry. The Administration is still working to articulate who qualifies for the exception. The new system is being tested on an exceedingly small scale. You can learn more about the Consortium Process Here and read our response alongside partner organizations by clicking here.
Militarization of Mexico’s Southern border continues, fueled by what this article calls an “enemy mentality.” The Mexican government has deployed National Guard troops and law enforcement officers to the border in response to pressure from the US government, who demanded nations like Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras increase their “border security.”