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    Biden administration makes second attempt to end "Remain in Mexico" policy

    Camilo Montoya-Galvez 5 hrs ago

    The Biden administration on Friday announced its second attempt to end a Trump-era border program that forced migrants to wait in Mexico for their U.S. asylum hearings, issuing a new termination memo it hopes will pass legal muster.

    © Drew Angerer / Getty Images Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas Speaks At The National Press Club

    In his memo, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas conceded the so-called "Remain in Mexico" policy — officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP — likely reduced unauthorized migration to the U.S.-Mexico border during the Trump administration. But he said the program's humanitarian implications on the tens of thousands of migrants who were returned to Mexico outweighed its deterrence effect.

    "I recognize that MPP likely contributed to reduced migratory flows. But it did so by imposing substantial and unjustifiable human costs on the individuals who were exposed to harm while waiting in Mexico," Mayorkas wrote in his four-page memo.
    Mayorkas said the Biden administration can reduce migration to the southern border and provide protection to migrants who qualify for U.S. refuge through other policies, including a fast-tracked immigration court program and a proposed rule that would allow asylum officers to adjudicate applications more expeditiously.
    Friday's move will not have an immediate impact on the U.S. government's ongoing efforts to implement the court-mandated revival of the Remain in Mexico policy.
    The Biden administration, which is currently legally required to take "good faith" steps to restart the Trump-era policy due to an August court ruling, has said it will be ready to enroll asylum-seekers in the program and send them to Mexico in mid-November.
    But the U.S. is still trying to convince the Mexican government to agree to accept the return of non-Mexican migrants, senior DHS officials told reporters during a briefing on Thursday.
    "Talks with Mexico are ongoing," one DHS official said. "The ability to reimplement MPP depends on the independent, sovereign decision of Mexico to agree to accept foreigners that the United States seeks to send back to Mexico."
    Mayorkas' new memo will only take effect if the August court ruling is suspended by the Texas federal judge who issued it or an appellate court. A DHS official said the administration hopes the ruling will be lifted soon, but conceded that there's no way of knowing when — and if — it will.

    © Provided by CBS News Migrants attempt to cross in to the U.S. from Mexico at the border October 7, 2021 in San Luis, Arizona. / Credit: Getty Images

    "Hopefully soon does not necessarily imply that we mean that it necessarily will be soon," the official said.
    Lawyers representing the government, as well as Texas and Missouri, which filed the lawsuit against the termination of the Remain in Mexico policy, are set to convene on Tuesday to hold oral arguments before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is hearing the administration's appeal of the August ruling.
    A senior DHS official said the administration will likely ask the Fifth Circuit to pause the August order or to send the case back to U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, an appointee of former President Trump who ordered Remain in Mexico's reinstatement.
    Mayorkas' directive may alleviate concerns raised by advocates for asylum-seekers, who have accused the Biden administration of not moving quickly enough to publish the new termination memo. They have strongly decried the plans to reinstate Remain in Mexico, calling it illegal and inhumane.
    The Trump administration used the MPP to return 70,000 migrants to Mexico, where the returnees found themselves waiting for their U.S. court hearings in squalid tent camps and border towns plagued by cartel violence and crime. Hundreds of migrants reported being kidnapped, extorted or physically assaulted.
    To address concerns raised by Mexico, as well as their own reservations about the policy, Biden administration officials have said they are working to establish a version of the Remain in Mexico program that provides a higher degree of due process and safety for asylum-seekers.
    The modifications include expanding migrants' access to lawyers; striving to complete court cases within 180 days; and creating a policy exception for at-risk asylum-seekers, including migrants who identify as members of the LGBTQI community and those whose age or medical conditions make them too vulnerable to be returned to Mexico, DHS officials said.
    But a DHS official acknowledged these changes "still do not make the program acceptable from a humanitarian standpoint." Another official said "no amount of resources can fix" the policy's "endemic" and "inherent" flaws.
    "When individuals are returned across an international border, it's inherently challenging for them to access counsel and to access courts across an international border," the official said. "And once individuals are returned across an international border, there are limited opportunities for the United States to be able to affect their safety and security."

    © Provided by CBS News TOPSHOT - An Ecuadorian woman (C) is pictured in a United States Border Patrol transport vehicle in Sunland Park, New Mexico on September 1, 2021. / Credit: PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images

    The administration may also face difficulty convincing Pro Bono lawyers to help asylum-seekers returned to Mexico, as many legal services providers have said they will refuse to be "complicit" in the implementation of the Trump-era policy.
    On Thursday, the Justice Department, which oversees the nation's immigration judges, sent a notice to legal services providers asking them to join government contact lists that will be provided to asylum-seekers returned to Mexico, citing an "urgent need" for lawyers, according to an internal email.
    The government is planning to use immigration courts in El Paso and San Diego — as well as two tent facilities in Laredo and Brownsville, Texas — to hold asylum hearings for migrants enrolled in the MPP program.
    Elissa Steiglich, a co-director of the immigration clinic at the University of Texas School of Law, said her group declined the government's request to join the legal services contact lists because it did not want to help recreate "the horrors" of Remain in Mexico policy.
    "There's no way to have a fair hearing with an individual who's trying to assert an asylum case living in northern Mexico, far from counsel and having to provide their testimony in a soft-sided tent," Steiglich told CBS News.
    Mayorkas' new memo is designed to address concerns raised by Kacsmaryk in his August ruling. Kacsmaryk ruled that Mayorkas' initial termination memo, issued in June, did not adequately consider Remain in Mexico's "benefits," including its deterrence effect on migrants.
    The Trump administration argued the policy deterred migrants escaping poverty from journeying to the southern border to file asylum applications that would ultimately not satisfy the legal threshold for U.S. humanitarian refuge.
    Kacsmaryk also determined the reversal of the Trump-era border policy led the Biden administration to violate a section of U.S. immigration law that mandates the detention of certain asylum-seekers, since there's currently not enough detention capacity to detain all of them.
    Citing that argument, Kacsmaryk ordered the administration to revive the MPP until it is "lawfully rescinded" and the government has the detention capacity to hold all asylum-seekers and migrants subject to mandatory detention.
    A senior DHS official said Kacsmaryk's second condition is impossible to satisfy, calling it a "novel and unprecedented interpretation" of U.S. law.
    "The U.S. Congress has also never appropriated enough funding for detention beds to detain every single individual who crosses the border," a second DHS official said Thursday.
    Democratic Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey applauded Mayorkas' memo. "This program should be permanently discarded along with the many other remaining Trump administration policies willfully designed to punish and deter refugees from legally seeking safety in the United States," Menendez said.

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    Million Illegal Aliens in the Stimulus package

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    It is ILLEGAL to give them Amnesty #8

    Deport them all.


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    The New Family Separation Crisis Brewing Under Biden

    Luis Chaparro 4 hrs ago

    TAPACHULA, Mexico—After walking around 20 miles under the burning sun, Irineo Mujica and Luis Villagran, the two main organizers, gathered the full caravan around them to deliver the news. Mexican immigration authorities were offering a way to let them walk freely around the country: they will give out official immigration cards—but only to women and children.

    © Provided by The Daily Beast Isaac Guzman/AFP via GettyMarissa Flores and her husband Emanuel looked at each other in doubt and with fear; they had walked over 300 miles from El Salvador to where they were standing. Both, along with their two kids, a 3-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl, left home three months ago after Emanuel was threatened by “La 18” members, one of the most violent gangs in El Salvador.
    “We decided that we couldn’t be apart, we shouldn't, and that’s why we came together, as a family,” Marissa told The Daily Beast.
    But the government’s offer was again threatening to pull them apart. If they took the offer, Marissa and the kids would have a better chance to make it to the U.S., but that meant Emanuel would have to be sent back to El Salvador to face the threat put out by the gang.

    © Provided by The Daily Beast Marissa Flores and her husband Emanuel walked over 300 miles from El Salvador. Luis Chaparro“We cannot be selfish,” Mujica yelled over a megaphone. “If we don’t protect our women, especially those pregnant, what’s the whole point of the caravan?”

    Mujica and Villagran disagreed for a few minutes. Villagran thought that this would be their last chance to keep moving north, while Mujica thought it was a trap to dismantle the caravan. To get to an agreement they decided to let the migrants vote.
    Marissa and Emanuel both raised their hands to vote for “no”.
    “We can’t separate. This is the whole point, to save his life and to be together as a family,” said Marissa.
    While the U.S. government is in talks to compensate families separated at the border under Trump, migrant families are still being separated, only this time by Mexican hands.
    Mexico approved a new immigration law this year that prohibits children under 18 from being jailed in immigration detention centers—as was happening before—and instead requires authorities to take them to an official shelter for minors, where they’re still usually deported.
    Additionally, in an agreement with the U.S. after a series of bilateral discussions earlier this year, Mexican authorities have committed to deploying about 10,000 troops over the southern border “to make it more difficult to make the journey, and make crossing the borders more difficult,” as White House press secretary Jen Psaki put it in an April press conference.
    On the ground, Mexican authorities are making informal offers to women and children in caravans like this one.
    Rita Robles, a migrant Human Rights activist in Chiapas, said that “the policies for detention and deportation by Mexican authorities” under pressure from the U.S. are a new way to separate migrant families.

    Video: Migrant caravan crosses Mexico, some reject visas (Reuters)

    “When a migrant family is detained by Mexican authorities, adults are taken into immigration detention centers and the children are taken to DIF [Mexico’s system of shelters for kids],” she said.

    © Provided by The Daily Beast The caravan stops for fresh air after walking for 20 miles under the extreme heat outside Huixtla. Luis Chaparro

    Marissa and Emanuel said they left their home in San Salvador after gang members tried to extort Emanuel for around $50 a week.
    “They told me it was the new price for safety in the neighborhood, to take care of my family, our car and our house,” Emanuel said.
    But after missing the first payment, he said, two armed men entered his home and told him he had to gather $500 by the end of the day or he would be killed.
    "We left that same afternoon without anything on our hands but a couple of backpacks with clothes and our children,” Emanuel said.
    The majority of the caravan voted “no” to separating, so the organizers had to go back to the Mexican authorities with the answer: they will keep walking together, “as a big family," as Mujica said.
    “This is a family caravan, this is the caravan of the kids and the family,” he said.
    After voting, the caravan stopped to rest for the remainder of the day before departing to Ulapa. For the first time during the journey, they traveled by night, avoiding the sun.
    “The authorities say they are following us to protect us, but the reality is they are waiting for our children or our women to get tired or to dehydrate and take us back to Tapachula,” said Nelson, a 34-year-old migrant from Honduras traveling with his wife and a 4-year-old boy.
    Nelson might be right. During the first four days of walking, around 20 migrants have been taken back to Tapachula by Mexican authorities for medical conditions, according to the Mexican Immigration Institute, a government agency.
    Nelson, who has been in two caravans this year, told The Daily Beast that unlike the past caravan, this time authorities were not allowing migrants to jump into vehicles to move faster. (The first caravan, in late August, was violently blocked by Mexican immigration authorities before leaving Tapachula. During the clash, a man was brutally kicked in the head by a Mexican immigration employee.)
    “That’s what they [Mexican authorities] are looking for, to wear us up and have us voluntarily jump into their buses,” he said.

    © Provided by The Daily Beast
    A migrant woman gets medical attention for blisters on her feet. Luis Chaparro

    According to organizers’ figures, the caravan has around 65 pregnant women, 40 babies under a year old, and around 400 people under 18.
    Although she had to receive medical attention on the second day of walking because of the blisters on her feet, Marissa is hopeful they will make it all the way to the U.S.
    “Little by little, but we’ll get there. People on the caravan are very supportive, if someone is hurt, we help and we all wait. This is why we voted to stay together,” she said.
    But the caravan still has more than 1,200 miles to go to the U.S.
    “If they didn’t break us down today, they will not break us down until we get to the American dream,” said Nelson.

    Read more at The Daily Beast.

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    They can walk back home and relocate in their own damn country.

    EXPEL them all. Every man, woman, and child needs to be loaded on a bus back home.

    We have no housing.

    They are not our citizens, we owe them nothing! We do not even owe them a plane ride. They walked here and they can damn well walk back!


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