TEXAS — On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration may continue to send asylum seekers to Mexico as they await their court hearings, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols or “Remain in Mexico” policy. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit had suspended the policy while it faces legal challenges.
The following is a statement from Antonio Arellano, interim executive director of Jolt Action, a Texas Latino voter organization:
“The Supreme Court has sided with the Trump administration on other discriminatory immigration policies including the ‘Muslim ban,’ ‘wealth test’ and now the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy. The court’s pattern of support for these xenophobic actions are disturbing because the justices also hold the fate of DACA and millions of young immigrants in their hands.
“If anybody recognizes this country as a nation of immigrants, it should be the Supreme Court. These recent rulings are a complete departure from the values and ideals that the United States stands for. In particular, today’s decision hurts America’s standing on the world stage, puts vulnerable people in jeopardy and perpetuates the codified racism of the Trump administration.
“Since our inception, Jolt has fought on behalf of underrepresented and disenfranchised communities. We recognize that diversity is our strength, and it contributes to the cultural and economic wealth of our nation. America should embrace asylum seekers instead of subjecting them to additional scrutiny that dehumanizes and further endangers them.”
Jolt Action is the largest Latino progressive organization in Texas, focused on building the political power and growing the influence of young Latinos.