On July 1st, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Joe Biden administration can rescind the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), better known as the “Stay in Mexico” program. It was launched by the administration of former President Donald Trump and forced asylum seekers arriving at the southwestern US border to wait for approval in Mexico.
With a 5-4 ruling, the Court gave the green light to put an end to this project, which currently has more than 100,000 asylum-seeking migrants stranded in Mexican territory. It was launched in 2019 and in its first year it returned more than 70,000 migrants to Mexico. Its second stage began at the end of 2021 and the numbers of the returns have not yet been made public.
When Joe Biden became president of the United States in January 2021, he suspended the program. However, he partially reactivated it after reaching agreements with Mexico to establish changes, among them that the asylum resolutions would conclude within six months of the return of a migrant to Mexico; vaccines against COVID-19 to all people registered in the MPP, as well as guaranteeing that there were shelters and work permits while they waited on Mexican soil.
For more information in Spanish:
‘Quédate en México’: la Corte Suprema respalda a Biden para finalizar el programa (The New York Times, 1ero de julio de 2022)
«Quédate en México» llega a su fin con 116,000 migrantes en espera de asilo(Expansión Política, 1ero de julio de 2022)
Migrantes viven con esperanza y alegría la eliminación de ‘Quédate en México’(Forbes México, 3 de julio de 2022)
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