BROWNSVILLE, Texas – It’s been one year into the Migrant Protection Protocols program or Remain in Mexico. Since then, an activist and U.S. Representatives are not on board with what’s happening on the other side of our border. Others say the policy is doing what it was intended to do.
Joshua Rubin, founder, Witness At The Border, “They come up to our border, they ask for help, and we turn them right around and we say go over there and wait.”
Rubin has been protesting for a month outside along the Brownsville-Matamoros border. He says after a year the Remain in Mexico Policy is doing more harm than good.
“It’s now creating a kind of a desperation in the communities that come and try to get here. As people start to realize asylum has basically been suspended, and families are forced to make the very tragic decision. Are they going to divide their families? Are they going to send their children over?”
MPP requires asylum seekers crossing the U.S. border to wait in Mexico while they wait for their court hearings.
One Missouri congressman was at one of those court hearings today. He says it’s not what the judicial process should look like.
U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, “People are coming over here desperately looking for a chance to have a new life in this country. Our system here is just not what I would like to believe the United States would present as a judicial process.”
Acting Deputy for the Department of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli says otherwise. “It has worked very well to achieve the policies of the U.S government and to help us frankly implement the immigration laws in this country.”
With thousands of asylum-seekers waiting just across our borders, activists are calling for the immediate end of the policy, which they say is inhumane and putting families and children in danger.
Asylum-seekers continue waiting for their hearings which take place in tent courtrooms in Brownsville. Many who’s hearings could be months, if not years away.