BY ISN STAFF | March 10, 2019
Following a three day meeting in El Paso, Texas, the Catholic bishops of diocese along the Texas portion of the U.S.-Mexico and their Mexican counterparts (often referred to as the Tex-Mex Bishops) issued a statement expressing concerns with regarding U.S. border policy and “complete disagreement” with the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.
The Remain in Mexico policy requires certain asylum seekers arriving by land at the U.S./Mexico border (both at and between official ports of entry) who pass a credible fear screening with a U.S. asylum officer (a first step in the process for requesting asylum) to return to Mexico to await their asylum hearing in U.S. immigration court.
On January 29, DHS began implementing the Remain in Mexico policy at the San Ysidro port of entry. Reports indicate that, as of mid-February 2019, at least 73 people had been processed and returned to Mexico through this policy, including 13 minors. There are also media reports that DHS is looking to implement this policy in the Eagle Pass and El Paso, both ports of entry on the Texas-Mexico border.
Learn more about the “Remain in Mexico” policy with this one-pager issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign.
The full statement of the Tex-Mex bishops can be found below.