During his first week in office, President Biden signaled his immigration strategy will be a sharp departure from his predecessor’s with a series of executive orders that reversed the Trump Administration’s policies. Arizona 360 looked at some of the impacts of his early directives and checked in with those closely following what comes out of the White House. That includes the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Sonora. The nonprofit provides humanitarian aid to migrants and deportees. Director of Education and Advocacy Tracey Horan described the challenges migrants continue to face as a result of the Migrant Protection Protocols program, also known as “remain in Mexico,” enacted by the Trump Administration that prevented asylum seekers from entering the United States.
“We feel the urgency and the migrants that are here feel the urgency, because every day that they’re reading and they don’t have answers is another day their kids don’t have access to education. It’s another day that they’re in a cold room where they don’t have heat,” Horan said. “What we would hope for is to have more consensus from both sides of the aisle.”
The Biden Administration suspended new enrollments into the MPP program. But the Department of Homeland Security said in a press release that all of the program’s current participants should remain where they are pending more information from the federal government.