Today, in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court agreed that the Biden administration can terminate the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy. Under this cruel policy, which Tahirih is challenging in a separate lawsuit, the United States has placed tens of thousands of vulnerable people fleeing violence, including many survivors of gender-based violence, into dangerous situations in northern Mexico. ‘Remain in Mexico’ is part of xenophobic policies that have all but eliminated the human right to seek asylum.
“Though this ruling brings hope to thousands of survivors of gender-based and other severe violence, our work is not done yet,” said Richard Caldarone, Tahirih’s Senior Litigation Counsel. “We’ve challenged this policy since it was implemented because it subjects survivors of gender-based violence, and other people seeking asylum, to further violence, and because it prevents survivors from meaningfully pursuing their legal right to seek safety in this country.”
We urge the Biden administration to promptly implement its promise to end ‘Remain in Mexico’ and Title 42, and to ensure that no survivor of violence is subjected to such cruel policies ever again. Instead of continuing to subject survivors to violence and persecution in violation of international law, the administration must overhaul our asylum system to ensure that all immigrant survivors of violence have a meaningful opportunity to seek protection in the United States.
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The Tahirih Justice Center is a national, nonprofit organization that serves immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. By amplifying the experiences of survivors in communities, courts, and Congress, Tahirih’s mission is to create a world in which all people share equal rights and live in safety and with dignity.