Washington, D.C. – Following a lower court’s order to reinstate the racist Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ program that resulted in thousands of human rights abuses, the Biden administration issued a new memo last week moving to terminate the program for the second time.
Cynthia Garcia, National Campaigns Manager for Community Protection of United We Dream, said:
“Immigrant communities and our allies relentlessly organized to ensure the Biden administration used their executive power to fully end Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ program. After the Supreme Court refused to issue an emergency stay on a lower court’s ruling, the Biden administration was prepared to cower behind the court’s ruling and continue denying immigrants their right to seek asylum in the U.S. Because of the program’s practices, thousands of people, especially Black and brown people, have been subjected to inhumane conditions and violent assaults that the administration would have continued had it not been for our organizing.
Together, we made clear that to deliver on his promises to create a welcoming immigration system, President Biden must take bold action against white nationalism on all fronts. Ending ‘Remain in Mexico’ is good, but not enough. The Biden administration cannot protect immigrant communities by continuing to uphold other white nationalist policies, including Title 42, which continues to subject Black and brown migrants to much of the same abuses and traumas. The Biden administration can and must do everything in its power to end Title 42 and deliver citizenship to millions of undocumented people living under the threat of deportation!”