FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2021
Madison Allman, [email protected], 202-384-1279
NILC Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision to Deny Biden Administration’s Requested Pause of “Remain in Mexico” Policy
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court denied the Biden administration’s request to temporarily block the resumption of the Remain in Mexico policy, officially known at the Migrant Protection Protocols.
Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center and the NILC Immigrant Justice Fund, issued the following statement:
“We at the National Immigration Law Center are deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court failed to pause the lower court order. We are committed to doing everything we can to prevent this egregious policy from harming one more person and will use every tool at our disposal to oppose the Remain in Mexico policy, or any like it, and we urge the Biden administration to do the same.
“People have a fundamental human and legal right to seek safety and asylum in our country, as millions have done throughout our nation’s history. President Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy subjected thousands to unthinkable violence and deprived them of due process. This policy flies in the face of the values we aspire to as a nation.
“Last November, a diverse, multigenerational coalition of voters delivered the now-Biden administration a clear mandate to build a 21st century immigration system that centers the dignity and humanity of all people. We urge the Biden administration to refocus its efforts on restoring full access to asylum and delivering on the vision President Biden promised on the campaign trail. The Biden administration must vigorously pursue its appeal before the Fifth Circuit and do everything in its power to ensure this deadly program does not move forward.”