Timeline for entries tagged “Expulsions”

A chronology of events related to U.S. border governance and migration

March 15, 2021

Asylum-seekers being flown from the Rio Grande Valley to El Paso due to limited capacity are being expelled to Mexico by CBP, according to the Dallas Morning News. Exact numbers are unclear, but at least 50 migrants have been expelled into Juarez.

Tags: CBP, El Paso, Expulsions, Rio Grande Valley

February 9, 2021

The first few weeks of the Biden administration have seen an uptick in ICE’s deportations of Haitian migrants, with dozens of asylum seekers being dropped off in Mexico without processing or credible fear interviews. Others, including children and infants, are being sent back to Haiti, which is experiencing mounting political violence due to U.S-backed president Jovenel Moïse attempting to extend his term. 

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Deportations, Expulsions, Haiti, ICE

February 2, 2021

President Biden released executive orders creating a task force on family separation and calling for a review, with intent to end, “safe third-country” agreements, Title 42, the Remain in Mexico program, and other Trump policies restricting migration. The administration has not yet committed to ending these policies. One order calls for a new policy framework to address migration’s root causes in Central America.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Expulsions, PACR and HARP, Remain in Mexico, Root causes, Safe Third Country Agreements

June 29, 2020

  • The New Humanitarian releases a briefing on how the actions of the Trump administration to cut off access to asylum will outlast the pandemic and affect not only asylum seekers but regions of Latin America that have suffered outbreaks due to the United States’ expulsions.

Tags: Asylum, Expulsions, Human Rights, Migration, Public Health

June 18, 2020

  • According to unpublished government data obtained by CBS News, the United States allowed only 39 unaccompanied migrant children to stay in the country in the month of May when there were over 1,000 arrests of unaccompanied children. Jennifer Nagda, a policy director at the Youth Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, argues that because of these record-low rates, the Office of Refugee Resettlement can and should offer refuge to unaccompanied children during the pandemic, as the Office now has ample bed capacity.

Tags: Apprehensions, Expulsions, Human Rights, Migration, Unaccompanied Children

May 21, 2020

  • UNICEF releases a report regarding the over 1,000 unaccompanied children expelled to Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras since March. UNICEF calls on the U.S. to end the deportations of unaccompanied children, as well as those “without prior adequate protection and health screenings.” UNICEF urges governments to take additional concrete measures to protect the wellbeing of uprooted children in general.

Tags: Expulsions, Human Rights, Migration, Public Health, Unaccompanied Children

May 20, 2020

  • NPR releases a two-part series investigating the increasing pressure put on refugees seeking safety in the United States from the southern border. It follows migrants waiting in Ciudad Juárez who are living through the United States’ rapid policy changes, and also focuses on the support the Trump administration receives from the Mexican government despite public rejection of U.S. policies. 

Tags: Asylum, Expulsions, Human Rights, Migration, Shelters

May 19, 2020

  • CBP and ICE announce that Mexican migrants caught crossing the border into the United States will now be expelled via air flight to Mexico City instead of back to border cities. The expulsion policy will stay in place indefinitely and will be reviewed every 30 days.

Tags: Expulsions, Migration, Public Health

May 18, 2020

  • Over 50 public health experts sign a letter for Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield urging U.S. officials to withdraw the order first issued on March 20 that has enabled the mass expulsion of asylum seekers. As the nation’s leading public health experts at the forefront of the response to the novel coronavirus, they stress that the order is based on “specious justifications” and fundamentally fails to protect public health. 

Tags: Asylum, Expulsions, Human Rights, Migration, Public Health

May 13, 2020

  • The Washington Post reports that, according to unpublished U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data, only two people seeking humanitarian protection at the southern border since March 21 have been allowed to stay. Over 20,000 migrants have been “expelled” in the same timeframe. 

Tags: Asylum, Expulsions, Human Rights, Migration, Public Health

May 7, 2020

  • CBP releases federal enforcement statistics which show a 50% decrease in unauthorized border crossings in April. Border authorities detained 16,789 people compared to 34,064 in April 2019. 14,416 people were quickly expelled as CBP continues their new method of rapid processing and expulsion to minimize detentions. 

Tags: Detention, Expulsions, Migration

May 7, 2020

  • Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan announces that the new policy of quickly expelling migrants apprehended at the border will likely stay in place even after coronavirus quarantine restrictions relax around the country. While the policy is set to expire on May 20th, Morgan suggests it will be extended to protect public health. 

Tags: Apprehensions, Expulsions, Migration, Public Health