Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy turned around 240 asylum-seekers

Remain in Mexico policy, also termed as Migration Protection Protocols, was enforced in January this year to curb number of asylum-seekers to United States and under such norms 240 people have been turned around near San Diego and asked to wait until an immigration judge hears their cases.

Immigration advocates have criticized such policy of Trump administration as it violates international law to make asylum-seekers wait for months or years in unsafe conditions in Mexico.

The policy kicked off at the San Ysidro port of entry, which is near to Tijuana. By last week it expanded to other ports of entry including one in San Diego and other at the Calexico in California.

Return to Mexico is one of the biggest changes lately in Trump administration to immigration policy. It was widely criticized when first announced in December. Immigration advocates called it a due process disaster and showed their concern about safety of migrants in Tijuana, where cartel violence is rampant.

Southern Poverty Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union and other immigration advocates challenged the policy last month filing a suit against Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and her department citing Return to Mexico violates Immigration and Nationality Act, the Administrative Procedures Act and couple of other international human rights laws.

Meanwhile, Department of Justice data reveals in fiscal year 2018 93,000 migrants claimed asylum.

Paul Linus