The policy would restrict due process rights, and put more vulnerable people — pregnant women, LGBT populations and children — in harm’s way
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves to the crowd during a unity rally on June 8, 2019, in Tijuana, Mexico. Lopez Obrador committed to defending Mexicos dignity amid a looming threat from U.S. President Donald Trump, who has pledged to impose 5% tariffs on Mexican products unless the country prevents Central American migrants from traveling through its territory. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
The meat of the U.S.-Mexico deal announced Friday by President Donald Trump lies in its provision massively expanding the administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy — formally called Migration Protection Protocols — which requires certain migrants at the southwest border to be sent back to Mexico while their immigration cases unfold in U.S. courts.
The agreement largely consists of “initiatives that were already underway, but in some cases they represent, at least on paper, a large scale-up of previous commitments,” said Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank. “That’s particularly true of MPP, which the Mexican government has tried to keep limited but now seems ripe for a rapid expansion — if logistical considerations or the courts don’t prevent it.”