Border Aid Groups Fear Supreme Court Will Entrench a Humanitarian Disaster

By The Intercept

With support for advocates on the ground flagging, a new poll shows record lows for Democratic interest in immigration.

Two miles north of the line separating the U.S. and Mexico, where El Paso, Texas, meets Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, sits a modest one-story building that houses the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center. The space is home to a staff of 19, including five lawyers and accredited legal advocates, who provide as much legal representation as they can to individuals fleeing the world’s most dangerous places. On average, they receive nearly 2,000 new calls for help a day.

Las Americas, like other nonprofit legal organizations along the border, is currently facing a critical moment. Over the past three years, the group has navigated a pair of policies enforced by Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden that changed the shape of migration on the U.S.-Mexico border. The first, known as “Remain in Mexico” but officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols, forced asylum-seekers to wait out their cases in Mexico. The second, known as Title 42, enacted in March 2020 at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, authorized border officials to summarily expel asylum-seekers without even initiating a case.

Both programs fueled a massive rise in kidnappings and violence targeting asylum-seekers in northern Mexico. The Biden administration is expected to lift Title 42 next month, likely resulting in a significant rise in apprehensions along the border. “Remain in Mexico” is another matter.


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