WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today on the release of an official memo from the Biden Administration rescinding the “Remain in Mexico” order, the policy also known as Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP):
“We are grateful to see the Biden Administration has officially issued a new memo to terminate the horrific MPP policy originally enacted by the Trump Administration. President Biden committed to ending this program, which puts people seeking asylum in dangerous, and often deadly, conditions, and while we have been disheartened by the delays that have led to the re-implementation of this program, we support these renewed steps to finally bring it to an end. We believe that the Biden Administration must continue to reject cruel and ineffective deterrence policies, not only because of the devastating human consequences of those policies, but because they flat out do not make our border safer or more secure in the long term.
“Repealing MPP is the right thing to do, but it is still just a small part of a larger strategy that reimagines migration across the hemisphere. The Biden Administration must follow through on their commitment to welcome people with dignity — and that means they must end Title 42 and immediately stop the deportation of Haitian asylum seekers. We will continue to reject efforts that purposely inflict harm on people to deter them from attempting to seek protection. Rather, they must work to create more avenues for people to access humanitarian relief, family reunification, or the desire to work to build a better life for their families from closer to home. We hope that today’s announcement will mark a renewed effort toward these goals, which are the key to the long term security of our border, and the safety and unification of our families and communities.”
For those looking to learn more about why a deterrence-first approach that pushes immigration enforcement back from America’s physical borders is the wrong approach, we encourage you to read our recent joint report with NIJC, Pushing Back Protection: How Offshoring and Externalization Imperil the Right to Asylum.
For those looking to support on the ground relief efforts, Haitian Bridge Alliance is currently on the ground helping Haitian asylum seekers. Donate now to support their efforts and Welcome With Dignity: http://haitianbridge.org/