Saturday, December 21, 2019

GREAT NEWS: Remain in Mexico has a 0.1 Percent Asylum Grant Rate

AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File
It has been almost a year since the government began sending asylum seekers back to Mexico and only 11 people have been granted asylum. That accounts for a grant rate of less than one percent
Bryan thought it would take him about a month to get from Honduras to the United States last year.
He was 19 at the time, living by himself and had already been kidnapped by local gangs once. Men stripped him naked, checked his bodies for tattoos that are seen as a sign of gang affiliation there, and beat him after they found none. When the men were done, they gave Bryan three seconds to run away.
So, in October 2018, when Bryan heard that a migrant caravan was heading to the U.S.-Mexico border, he decided to tag along.
And it did take Bryan a month to get to the border. What he didn’t realize is that was only the beginning of a year-long struggle to request asylum.
That’s because Bryan arrived to the border at a time in which the Trump administration began making drastic changes to U.S. asylum policy.
Over the last year, in the name of national security, those changes have made it increasingly difficult for migrants to win asylum cases in the U.S. The latest change has effectively made the majority of non-Mexican migrants ineligible for asylum, according to lawyers and activists.
One policy in particular, called Migrant Protection Protocols or Remain in Mexico, has made it nearly impossible for migrants to receive asylum.
Data shows that as of September, of the more than 47,000 people in the program, fewer than 10,000 had completed their cases. Of that group, 5,085 cases were denied while 4,471 cases were dismissed without a decision being made — mostly on procedural grounds.
Only 11 cases — or 0.1 percent of all completed cases — resulted in asylum being granted, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.
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