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The first asylum seekers have crossed the Gateway International Bridge from Mexico to the US after Joe Biden overturned Donald Trump’s tough immigration policies.Men, women, and children from a migrant camp of at least 700 in Matamoros, Mexico, just across the river from Brownsville, Texas, have been crossing into the United States after spending months stuck in Mexico…

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The first asylum seekers have crossed the Gateway International Bridge from Mexico to the US after Joe Biden overturned Donald Trump’s tough immigration policies.

Men, women, and children from a migrant camp of at least 700 in Matamoros, Mexico, just across the river from Brownsville, Texas, have been crossing into the United States after spending months stuck in Mexico waiting for their cases to be processed. 

Migrants hope by entering the US, their cases will be processed faster and it will be difficult to deport them under asylum rules. 

The Trump administration created the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program in January 2019 in an effort to deter asylum seekers trying to enter the US through is southern border. 

Donald Trump defended policies such as Remain in Mexico – which has sent more than 69,000 people back over the border, sometimes into ramshackle refugee camps – as a way to protect US citizens from ‘thugs’ and ‘bad hombres’. 

One week ago, President Joe Biden‘s administration began permitting members of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program to enter the United States to pursue their court cases. 

Since then, U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) spokeswoman Silvia Garduño said 27 people crossed the border from Mexico on Thursday and 100 on Friday, with the remaining 500 or so crossing by early next week. 

Migrants from Central America and other nationalities, hoping to cross and request asylum in the U.S., hold banners and shout slogans to U.S. President Joe Biden, at their campsite outside El Chaparral border crossing, in Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday

The first group of 25 migrants walk to cross the Gateway International Bridge to be processed to seek asylum in the U.S., in Matamoros, Mexico are pictured

A migrant camp on the banks of the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Mexico sits right across the river from Brownsville, Texas. The camp is currently home to 700 migrants 

The migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, just across the river from Brownsville, Texas, is currently home to just under 700 

The U.S. government has restarting processing those with active cases made to wait in Mexico during the Trump administration at three border crossing between the two countries

The Gateway International Bridge spans the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border in Matamoros, Mexico. U.S. immigration authorities have begun allowing some asylum seekers with active cases into the U.S. in a reversal of Trump’s immigration policy

A camp of migrants on the banks of the Rio Grande in Matamoros was a particular priority for the Biden administration and Mexico

The UNHCR agency, along with the International Organization for Migration, is in charge of the logistics of registering and transporting migrants from the camp to the United States.

The Mexican government source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the goal was for 500 migrants in the Matamoros camp to enter the United States by the end of next week.

Mexican authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) referred Reuters to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) statement that said the registration process ‘will be done as quickly as possible.’

In Matamoros, asylum seekers expressed optimism.

TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION POLICIES  

  • President Trump’s policy was formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and forced migrants attempting to cross the southern border to apply for asylum in Mexico regardless of their country of origin. It led to a swelling of the number of people camped at the border. 
  • Migrants would be held in a ‘staging area’ in Mexico where they would receive a health screening and could enter the U.S. only after testing negative for COVID-19. 
  • After entering the U.S., immigrants would be taken to local shelters and would need to coordinate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in order to avoid detention but may be subject to ankle bracelets. 
  • Trump implemented the remain in Mexico policy in 2019, and forced immigrants fleeing dangerous situations to stay in Mexico while awaiting court hearings in the U.S. 
  • Under the policy, the government removed more than 60,000 migrants to the Mexican border. 

BIDEN’S IMMIGRATION POLICIES

  • President Biden’s plan will allow migrants waiting at the Mexican border to enter the U.S. to apply for asylum.
  • The new rules would be a first step to ending former President Trump’s ‘remain in Mexico’ policy. 
  • Biden’s new policy is expected to be officially rolled out in the coming weeks and follows an executive order signed earlier this month tasking the Department of Homeland Security to desig a plan to replace MPP. 
  • ‘The situation at the border will not transform overnight, due in large part to the damage done over the last four years but the President is committed to an approach that keeps our country safe, strong, and prosperous and that also aligns with our values,’ the administration said in a fact sheet announcing the order.
  • The Supreme Court also granted the administration’s request to cancel an upcoming hearing on the remain in Mexico policy while the White House weighs a replacement. 

Migrants from Central America and other nationalities, hoping to cross and request asylum in the U.S., hold banners and shout slogans to U.S. President Joe Biden at their campsite outside El Chaparral border crossing, in Tijuana, Mexico

Several migrants set up tents, in Tijuana, in the state of Baja California. Tijuana, Matamoros and, as of this Friday, Ciudad Juarez, are the three Mexican border points from where migrants are already crossing into the United States for an immigration court to review their asylum cases

The great majority of the 25,000 asylum seekers with active cases who were forced to wait out the process in Mexico under Trump´s so-called ‘Remain in Mexico’ program, still have weeks or months of waiting ahead

The situation is further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has reduced capacity at shelters that provide a degree of safety for migrants

After waiting months and sometimes years in Mexico, people seeking asylum in the United States are being allowed into the country

The people were told to wait in Mexico for American courts to decide on their cases. The relaxing in policy unwinds one of the Trump administration’s signature immigration policies that President Joe Biden vowed to end

Migrants react as they walk towards the Gateway International Bridge to be processed to seek asylum in the U.S. The majority are asylum seekers had been waiting in Mexico as their cases wind through U.S. courts under a program implemented by former President Donald Trump which saw them ‘Remain In Mexico’

Last week President Joe Biden’s administration began permitting members of the Migrant Protection Protocols program to enter the United States to pursue their court cases

A migrant child is being carried by a Mexican municipal worker while crossing the Gateway International Bridge to be processed to seek asylum in the U.S. in Matamoros, Mexico 

‘We’ve just received news that tomorrow we’re leaving!’ said Honduran asylum seeker Josue Cornejo in a video recorded inside the camp on Friday evening, which also shows his wife and daughters wiping away tears.

But as one tent city begins to empty in northeastern Mexico, another has sprung up on the other side of the country. In Tijuana, migrants encouraged by the news that some asylum seekers were being allowed to enter the United States have begun to camp out near the El Chaparral port of entry, across the border from San Diego, California. Advocates say about 50 tents have been put up in recent days.

Biden, a Democrat, is balancing pressure from immigration advocates to unwind the hardline immigration policies of his predecessor with concerns about rising numbers of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. To handle an anticipated rise in crossings, CBP said in a statement on Friday that it planned to open a facility in Eagle Pass, Texas.

Plans for the new facility come after CBP announced on Feb. 9 the opening of another temporary facility in Donna, Texas, to handle border processing while the agency’s permanent center in McAllen is renovated.

A woman carries a child, as migrants walk to cross the Gateway International Bridge to the U.S.

A Mexican government source has said the goal was for 500 migrants in the Matamoros camp to enter the United States by the end of next week

Under U.S. law, children who arrive at the border without parents or legal guardians have to be transferred quickly out of border patrol facilities and into government-run shelters overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Separately, HHS is also scrambling to cope with the influx of new arrivals by opening emergency shelters and trying to speed releases of migrant kids to sponsors in the United States.

‘There are no good choices here,’ Biden told reporters on Friday. ‘The only other options are to send kids back, which is what the prior administration did.’

Most migrants caught at the border, including families and individual adult asylum seekers, are still being rapidly expelled at the border under a Trump-era health rule in place since last March.

Migrants pray before crossing the Gateway International Bridge to be processed as they seek asylum in the U.S.

Migrants leave their camp and head towards the Gateway International Bridge to be processed as they seek asylum in the US

Children play next to migrants from Central America and other nationalities hoping to cross and request asylum in the U.S., at their campsite outside El Chaparral border crossing, in Tijuana, Mexico

Migrants from Central America camp outside the El Chaparral border crossing, hoping to cross and request asylum in the U.S, in Tijuana

A child looks out from a tent next to other migrants from Central America who are camping outside the El Chaparral border crossing, hoping to cross and request asylum in the U.S.

Migrants from Central America, hoping to cross and request asylum in the U.S., queue for donated food at their campsite

Migrants stand in lines on the U.S. side of the Gateway International Bridge as they wait to be processed

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