Migrants celebrate end of Biden’s ‘Stay in Mexico’ program: ‘I’m free’

Commuters, hoping to be freed in the United States, celebrate President Joe Biden’s end to the “Stay in Mexico” program that helped curb asylum fraud.

First launched by former President Donald Trump in 2019, the Remain in Mexico program aimed to eliminate asylum fraud and end the practice known as “Catch and Release” whereby cross-border commuters and illegal aliens are briefly apprehended before being released inside the United States pending release. their future asylum hearings.

The program required border commuters and illegal aliens to wait in Mexico for their US asylum hearings after arriving at the southern border – ensuring that they were not simply released back into US communities in the US. hope they would show up for their hearings.

After the Supreme Court and a lower court ruled Biden could end Stay in Mexico, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said he would finally end the program.

Staying on Mexico’s end means thousands of cross-border commuters enrolled in the program will now be released into US communities on a promise to show up for future hearings.

A border worker told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he was “free” after learning he would be released inside the United States rather than being sent back to Mexico.

The Union-Tribune reports:

“Right now I’m free,” he told the Union-Tribune in Spanish a few minutes after his official release from prison. “Before, I was not free.” [Emphasis added]

The man was among the first migrants freed from [Remain in Mexico] last week with the Biden administration announcing the end of the program, following a lengthy legal battle in federal court. However, a few days later, most people enrolled in the program are still waiting to be allowed to enter the United States. [Emphasis added]

“Knowing that I can be here is huge,” he said.. “Its magnificent.” [Emphasis added]

In San Diego, California alone, thousands of commuters are expected to be released inside the United States following the end of Biden’s Stay in Mexico. The program, as federal data shows, has been hugely successful.

The latest data shows that of the more than 45,000 stay in Mexico cases adjudicated since 2019, fewer than 740 migrants have legitimate asylum claims to stay in the United States. This indicates that only 1.6% of migrants who stay in Mexico end up seeking asylum to stay in the United States.

Meanwhile, more than 71% of migrants have been ordered deported after failing to prove they have legitimate asylum claims. More than 23% of migrants terminated their asylum procedure.

Biden National Security Council officials have privately warned that ending the program will cause illegal immigration at the southern border to increase even more than current levels.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here.


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