Today, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Biden v. Texas, which holds that the Biden Administration decision to end the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico” program, did not violate federal immigration law.
In the wake of the recent deaths of more than 50 migrants in a truck in San Antonio and other recent Court decisions that erode migrants’ rights, this decision is a welcome victory.
Frankly, we’re relieved.
President Biden’s move to lift MPP last year was based on his recognition that seeking asylum is a legal and human right, and that the policy created a humanitarian disaster at the border by forcing asylum seekers to wait for their hearings in dangerous areas of Mexico, leaving them at risk of murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, and other crimes. We’ve seen these terrible impacts firsthand.
This Supreme Court decision was the right decision.
The Biden Administration should move quickly to permanently end the “Remain in Mexico” program.
With the continued enforcement of Title 42, which allows border agents forcibly remove people from the U.S. without any chance to seek asylum, this is only a step in the right direction, and HIAS calls on the Administration to utilize all available measures to make sure that asylum seekers are safe and that they have access to an orderly and humane process at the U.S.-Mexico border, including through the robust use of humanitarian exemptions. African Human Rights Coalition joins HIAS in this call on the Biden Administration.
Thank you for standing with refugees, on important days like today, and always.