SCOTUS Affirms Remain in Mexico Policy

“This is an absolute death sentence for thousands seeking safety…”

Washington, DC — On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States denied the Biden administration’s request to halt Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, which requires asylum-seekers to the U.S. to wait in Mexico as their cases are decided. The decision, as noted by the U.S. Department of Justice to the court, will further jeopardize operations on the U.S. – Mexico border and the lives of families seeking refuge. Amalia Brindis Delgado, Associate Vice President, Strategy at Hispanics in Philanthropy shared the following sentiment:

“This is an absolute death sentence for thousands seeking safety. At a time when the nation has the opportunity to reaffirm its commitments to asylum and transform a broken immigration system, migrants will continue to face sexual assault, kidnapping, and other dangers including ongoing COVID-19 risks. Swift action from Congress and President Biden is required in order to protect migrants and refugees at the U.S. – Mexico border.

“It is time for policymakers to assert the leadership of frontline organizations like Las Americas in El Paso, Casa Cornelia in San Diego, and many others, and ensure they are equal partners in creating policies that address the root issues. Our grantee partner organizations serve over 560,000 migrants prioritizing those from vulnerable geographies and groups, including LGBTQ+ communities, indigenous people, and Afro-descendants. While HIP’s resources are designed to offer agility for organizations in moments of such volatility, we seek increased alignment with our philanthropic, private, and public allies to collectively reach sustainable long-term solutions to address and transform harmful policies like MPP.”