The “Remain in Mexico” policy, instituted by the Trump administration in January of 2019, mandated asylum seekers to stay in Mexico throughout the duration of their pending cases in the United States. After the Biden administration terminated this policy, United States judges are slowly permitting migrants to remain in this country during their pending asylum claims as opposed to returning to Mexico. The ending of the Trump-era policy has allowed thousands of Mexican migrants to await their asylum case statuses in the U.S., giving them the opportunity to continue their cases in courts closest to their homes here. The end of this program is beneficial as the asylum seekers were awaiting their asylum in very unsafe environments in Mexican border cities.
Over 70,000 asylum-seekers were forced to stay in Mexico under the “Remain in Mexico” program, prohibiting them from finding safety and having the opportunity to be protected from the dangerous conditions they tried to escape from. The termination of this program has increased their chances of being granted asylum as they are allowed to enter the United States. Over half of the asylum-seekers who have been permitted to reside in this country during their pending asylum cases have won legal protection and were granted asylum. This life-changing adjustment to the immigration policies has brought so much hope and relief to thousands of these asylum-seekers.