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Catholic organizations express ‘anger’ at policy preventing migrants from entering

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WASHINGTON, DC – Outside the White House, a large group of nuns and their supporters shouted a few yards from the President’s residence on December 3, calling for him to end a Trump-era policy that prevents migrants from d ‘enter.

While there to denounce a different policy, they called on President Joe Biden to end the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP.

Better known as “Stay in Mexico,” the Trump-era policy that requires asylum seekers to stay on the Mexican side of the border until their cases can be heard in the courts of the United States. American immigration is about to restart.

Immigration advocates wasted no time in criticizing the MPP’s return, saying the president broke his promise to get rid of it.

The Biden administration attempted to end the MPP with an executive order issued by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration, which temporarily suspended politics. Subsequently, it was officially completed in June.

But in August, a U.S. District Court judge for the North Texas District told administration officials to continue the policy, saying officials did not end it properly. On August 24, the United States Supreme Court refused to block the judge’s decision and ruled that the administration must revive the policy.

The administration has promised to end the MPP but said, for now, the US Department of Homeland Security must comply with the order and plan to restore the program to one location on or around December 6, then extend it.

“Restoring the MPP is a stain on our nation,” said Anna Gallagher, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, in a statement from the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, a group of 55 national faith-based organizations, whose members have spoken little. soon after. the announcement of the return of the police.

Immigration advocates have said it puts people at risk by forcing them to stay in dangerous border towns on the Mexican side that are run by gangs and drug traffickers.

“This is a dangerous and deadly policy. As happened in its previous implementation, vulnerable men, women and children will experience vilification, disrespect, assault, rape and murder, ”said Gallagher. “It is inhuman, unfair and violates our obligations under our own legal system and international refugee law. “

“Mr. President, we implore you to follow the Catholic values ​​which form the foundation of your lifelong public leadership in our country,” she said. “It is time to build on these values ​​and to build on these values. prioritize the lives of the men, women and children who suffer at our border over politics. It’s time you did what is human and stop the MPP. “

In Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton said the reimplementation was a “huge victory for Texas” and via Twitter said it was necessary to “restore security and order along our southern border.”

But faith groups, which included many Catholic advocates, reacted with great disappointment.

“We are deeply dismayed by the reinstatement of the MPP,” said Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville of Washington, chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops‘ Committee on Migration.

“Unfortunately, the administration’s attempts to make this program ‘more humane’ – however well intentioned – will not remedy its inherent flaws, nor will it alleviate its inevitable death toll,” he said. declared on December 3.

“We are particularly concerned that this will perpetuate the current tragedy of family separation,” he said, “as many fathers and mothers will likely feel compelled to separate from their children in a desperate attempt to ensure their safety. “.

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition said in its December 2 statement that it wanted to express its “righteous anger at this immoral decision which will continue to deny migrants their internationally recognized right to seek asylum.”

At the border, Dylan Corbett, executive director of the Hope Border Institute in El Paso, Texas, said it was time to reinstate the protections, not take them away.

“We can no longer afford half measures or backtracking and the comeback of ‘Stay in Mexico’ is a devastating throwback,” which puts people at risk, he said.

At the event featuring Catholic nuns in front of the White House, a man named Santiago de Honduras, who was helped by the Jesuit Kino Border Initiative in the border area of ​​Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico, appealed to Biden, saying “the border is a difficult place”.

After escaping a kidnapping and praising God for guiding him out of a potentially life-threatening situation, he advocated for an end to measures that he says put people, including his family, at risk.

“The dead don’t need asylum, the living need it,” he said.