EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – A group of nearly 100 North American scholars is calling on the Biden administration to phase out COVID-19 related expulsions of migrants at the border and for Mexico to refrain from stopping international asylum-seekers crossing its territory.
This, to reduce violence faced by international citizens passing through Mexico and facing a bottleneck at the U.S. border that forces them to resort to smugglers, the scholars said in a teleconference on Monday.
“As you increase the enforcement on asylum-seekers going through Mexico, what you get is people hiding, people taking more dangerous routes and getting involved with dangerous people along the way […] and it becomes a huge problem,” said Jeremy Slack, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Texas at El Paso.
The scholars said they don’t see an “immigration crisis” on the border, but they fear prolonged and unnecessary detentions in the United States, mass expulsions of families and individuals to Mexico and a Mexican system lacking adequate services and resources could bring a humanitarian crisis. The scholars on Monday proposed:
- Ending fast-track expulsion of unauthorized migrants at the border under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Title 42 order;
- Improving communication and coordination efforts between Mexico and the United States on establishing a criterion for who is allowed to remain in the U.S. and who gets deported to Mexico;
- Increasing the capacity at migrant care shelters;
- Using the successful rollback of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program as a model to allow new claimants to begin an orderly asylum process in Mexico;
- And having Mexico — which just days ago pledged to the United States that it would increase immigration enforcement – stop detaining Central Americans and others who traverse its territory to present an asylum claim in the United States.
By Julian Resendiz for BORDER REPORT
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