For US immigrants affected by the Remain in Mexico policy, the Biden administration wants to develop a tax-funded US immigration legal services program. Following a court order in December of last year, President Biden was compelled to reintroduce the divisive Trump-era Remain in Mexico program. Since then, the regulation has been extended to San Diego.
According to reports, the Legal Access at the Border (LAB) program will make it easier for immigrants deported to Mexico to obtain legal services while awaiting the outcome of their US immigration or asylum claim.
The LAB program is expected to begin in seven border cities: Brownsville, Calexico, Eagle Pass, El Paso, Laredo, Nogales, and San Diego. Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) – sometimes known as the Remain in Mexico program – enforced.
Legal assistance organizations are wary
According to a Fox News story, legal aid organizations are hesitant to provide assistance to immigrants because of MPP, which some say is a humanitarian concern.
In the fiscal year 2021, which ended in September, US immigration authorities apprehended more than 1.7 million individuals attempting to cross the US-Mexico border, according to official data. This is the greatest number since President Ronald Reagan’s landmark immigration reform package was signed into law in 1986.
Once it is formally implemented, the new LAB program will be managed by the US Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). The program will be launched within the next 60 days, according to the Biden administration.
The LAB program is expected to primarily provide legal aid, with contractors outlining choices to immigrants that will allow them to stay in the United States while deportation orders are pending. Individuals will also receive guidance on general court practices and procedures that they should be aware of before appearing in court.