Since the inauguration of the new U.S. administration, the number of people coming to Matamoros, a city on the Mexican border with the U.S., has been steadily increasing.
Most of these people hope that the policies of the Biden Administration will make it easier for them to enter the U.S.
Yet, officials from the new administration urged asylum seekers to be patient as the process may take some time.
Biden Administration promised easier entry, but have no idea how
Matamoros is known for the refugee camp in which a growing number of people had to be stationed after the introduction of the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) policy by the administration of the former president Donald Trump.
Launched in 2019, MPP forced more than 65,000 asylum seekers to return to Mexico where they would wait for their trials.
No new people have been added to the protocol since the inauguration of the new administration and it remains to be seen how the procedure will be conducted in times to come.
Roberta Jacobson, a senior aide to the U.S president, said that the new administration is trying to figure out how to make a list of prioritization among the asylum seekers.
She promised that everyone’s case will be solved in significantly less time than it had been in the past, urging the asylum seekers to be patient.
Immigrants expect that Biden will honor his promises
Oscar Borjas, an asylum seeker from Honduras, told reporters that people coming to the Matamoros camp hold a strong belief that such a move would present them with a likely opportunity of coming to the U.S.
He estimated that there are around 800 people waiting for their trials in the camp.
According to Borjas, a significant proportion of these people are women and children.
Dairon Elisondo, a Cuban asylum seeker and physician who helped many fellow migrants, expressed his optimism about the policy of the new administration.
The hope of these and many other potential immigrants seems reasonable given the fact that newly elected President Joe Biden announced a significant turn to the pro-immigration policy.
Among the abolition of the MPP, the new administration commanded a termination of the U.S.-Mexico border wall and even rescinded a policy that made it possible for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to easily detain people without documents.
Keeping in mind how it started, it seems likely that the Biden Administration will overhaul earlier immigration policies sooner than expected.