The Mexican government announced the elimination of the controversial program “Stay in Mexico”active since 2019, which kept migrants on the northern border of Mexico while they waited for the resolution of their paperwork to be able to enter USA.
In a statement, the Mexican Foreign Ministry stressed that this program, known in the US as Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP, for its acronym in English), was a unilateral measure implemented during the Administration of former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021).
This program provoked criticism from international and national human rights organizations for the lack of humane conditions in shelters that proliferate on the northern Mexican border.
According to figures from the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the “Stay in Mexico” program has impacted more than 75,000 migrants. “violating the right of people to seek asylum.”
The Mexican authorities recalled that on June 17, 2022, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) notified the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) of the Mexican Government about the lack of space in the hostels in Tijuana, Baja Californiato process more cases under the aforementioned program.
“For that reason, the entry of migrants to Mexico through that point of entry was stopped as of June 19 “he explained.
However, it was not until last August 8 when the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported the formal conclusion of said measure.
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The Mexican Foreign Ministry said that this is the result of compliance with the order of a US Federal District Court and in accordance with the decision of the US Supreme Court of June 30, 2022 on the matter.
“The Government of Mexico, through the SRE, has been verifying that the necessary humanitarian attention is given to the migrants participating in the program, including the administration of tests for covid-19 and the attention of positive cases, and will continue guaranteeing their adequate stay and protection in the national territory in this stage of completion”concluded the Mexican Government.