For over three years, ‘Remain in Mexico’ has denied thousands their right to seek asylum.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a case that will determine whether the Biden administration’s efforts to terminate the Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ program are legally valid. Last year, the Supreme Court refused to issue an emergency stay on a lower court’s ruling forcing a reinstatement of the program. Since then, the Biden administration has upheld and expanded ‘Remain in Mexico,’ causing devastating impacts on the lives of thousands of individuals, children, and families seeking safety in the U.S.
Juliana Macedo do Nascimento, Senior Advocacy Manager of United We Dream, said:
“Everyone has a legal and human right to seek asylum here, yet dehumanizing and deadly anti-Black policies like ‘Remain in Mexico’ and Title 42 have gutted our country’s asylum system and left thousands vulnerable to violent atrocities, including sexual assault, kidnapping, and murder. The outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling on ‘Remain in Mexico’ will have far-reaching implications on the future of asylum in the U.S.
It is outrageous and deeply inhumane that the right to seek asylum has been denied to thousands of families, children, and community members, the vast majority of whom are Black and brown. Despite right-wing fear-mongering about the implications of ending ‘Remain in Mexico’ and Title 42, what remains true is that ending these two policies is a critical step in restoring greater safety, dignity, and resources for all who seek asylum.
Our country has more than enough resources to ensure that those seeking safety in the U.S. can do so without being separated from their loved ones or expelled. The Supreme Court and the Biden administration have a moral and legal responsibility to restore asylum for all at the border. The Supreme Court must allow the Biden administration to permanently end Remain in Mexico!”