The US insists on ending the immigration policy “Stay in Mexico”

The United States wants to end as soon as possible the immigration policy known as "Stay in mexico", which forces asylum seekers to wait in that country for the resolution of their cases, said the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, on Friday.

The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, established in 2019 by then-President Donald Trump, pallowed the United States to send some 70,000 asylum seekers to Mexico so that they would await their appointment in American courts there.

The Joe Biden government already ended this policy in June, which has affected Central American citizens above all. But in August, a federal court in Texas ordered it to be restarted on the grounds that the administration had improperly terminated it.

"I have decided that the MPP should be rescinded"Mayorkas wrote in a memo sent to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

That decision will apply "as soon as possible", after justice studies the appeal filed by the government against the order of the Texas court, he added.

According to the Secretary of Homeland Security, the MPP "probably contributed" to reduce migratory flows, but "did by imposing substantial and unjustified human costs on people exposed to harm while waiting in Mexico".

The document indicates that several asylum seekers suffered a "extreme violence" at the hands of transnational criminal organizations during his wait in Mexico.

The Biden government is implementing a series of policies to discourage irregular migration, while "promotes safe, orderly and humane pathways", in contrast to current policy, Mayorkas added.

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More than 1.6 million migrants have been detained at the southern US border since Biden’s arrival at the White House in January, a level not seen in 20 years.

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