Mexico refuses to take migrants under ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

TOPSHOT – A Guatemalan migrant and his son cross the Rio Grande natural border between El Paso, state of Texas, US, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico in search of political asylum on January 26, 2021. (Photo by HERIKA MARTINEZ / AFP) (Photo by HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 5:00 PM PT – Thursday, February 4, 2021

Mexico strong-armed the Biden administration into admitting thousands of migrants into the U.S. in an apparent end to the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.  On Wednesday, Mexican authorities shut down shelters for Central American migrants by citing COVID concerns, which essentially forced migrants to sleep in the streets.

Additionally, the Mexican government stopped accepting migrants who were turned away from the U.S. border under the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.

“We are sleeping on the pavement, under the weather of the cold, exposing ourselves to dangers as well,” Francis Ovidio Quintanilla, a Honduran migrant in Mexico, stated. “And we try to endure this situation that we are going through.”

Honduran migrant Rosa Baquenado (R), who voluntarely returns to her country, is seen alongside other migrants next to a sign reading Welcome to Honduras in El Florido, Chiquimula, Guatemala on January 19, 2021. – On buses and trucks, Guatemala transported Tuesday several groups of migrants who were part of a US-bound caravan back to Honduras, after police and military officers forced them to desist from the crossing. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Mexican officials believe those migrants should enter the U.S. as Joe Biden reinstated the ‘Catch and Release‘ policy. Thousands of migrants are still trying to enter the U.S. and hoping for a path to U.S. citizenship, which was promised by Joe Biden.

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