Even if a “wave” of migration happens in early 2021, the new Biden administration can handle it with minimal drama while phasing out the Trump administration’s harsh anti-asylum policies.
A policy-by-policy overview of what it would take for the Biden administration to undo the Trump administration’s hardline border and migration policies.
Migrants in limbo have hope for change if Donald Trump loses the election, but walking back many of the Trump administration’s anti-asylum policies will be difficult.
Some Mexican families are among the hundreds of mostly Central Americans awaiting their turn to seek asylum on the U.S. side of the border in Matamoros, Mexico.
An overview of key measures in the House of Representatives’ version of the 2021 DHS appropriation, including cutting border wall spending, defunding “Remain in Mexico,” reducing ICE detention, and others.
A look at the severe impact of COVID-19 on the Texas borderlands, especially on asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers’ experience with “Remain in Mexico.”
In June 2019, under heavy U.S. pressure, Mexico deployed its new National Guard to stop migrants, while agreeing to a vastly expanded “Remain in Mexico” program. A year later, the result has been disastrous.
A two-part audio series looks at the impact of the Trump administration’s crackdown on asylum, reporting from Ciudad Juárez and Tapachula.
A photo-filled report from the Mexican border city of Matamoros, where thousands of mostly Central American asylum-seekers are stranded by “Remain in Mexico” and the COVID-19 border closure.
This report from Ciudad Juárez looks at the Trump administration’s dismantling of asylum and the Mexican government’s surprisingly robust cooperation with it.
This report “shares the testimonies of people who are facing the real and often heart breaking consequences of U.S. asylum policies,” especially “Remain in Mexico.”
- The Jesuit Refugee Service releases a report on the effects of the Remain in Mexico policy and the U.S.’ response to the coronavirus. The report asks policymakers to reinstate access to asylum with measures that manage public health risks, complete the current House Judiciary investigation into the legality of MPP, among other requests.
- Time reports that people awaiting their court dates in Mexico due to the Remain in Mexico policy and the CDC’s extended order to close the border are receiving rescheduled court dates for as late as April 2021.
A current overview of how the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response, including blanket expulsions of asylum-seeking Mexicans and Central Americans, including unaccompanied children, is worsening the humanitarian situation along the border.
Last updated May 12, 2020. Download a PDF packet of infographics at bit.ly/wola_border.
An interview with El Paso-based asylum lawyer Taylor Levy.
- Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus denounce the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) delay in releasing children with pending Remain in Mexico cases. Under the CDC’s March order, the number of unaccompanied minors held by ORR has plummeted to as low as 58 in April, as minors are being expelled shortly after CBP receives them instead.
- The Trump administration suspends immigration court hearings for asylum-seekers adhering to the Remain in Mexico policy through June 1.