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El Pasoans react to the possible end of “Remain in Mexico Policy”

EL PASO, Texas -- The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 majority to allow President Joe Biden to end the "Remain in Mexico Policy".

The "Remain in Mexico Policy" was put in place under the Trump administration.

The policy sends non-Mexican citizens who've entered the US back to Mexico while their immigration proceedings played out, instead of detaining them in the US.

The Border Network for Human Rights has held a vigil to honor the 53 lives who recently died in a trailer smuggling incident. There they demanded solutions for the current immigration system.

"The death of 53 migrants suffocating to death in that tractor-trailer  of San Antonio is directly related to the policies that make it next to impossible for asylum seekers to come to the united states and to be able to access the processes of asylum," said Ruben Garcia Annunciation House Executive Director

Garcia said today's ruling is the first step in putting an end to inhumane immigration policies.

Garcia does not expect an influx of asylum seekers in El Paso despite the possibility of the "Remain in Mexico" policy coming to an end.

"There should be a small increase but it should be, in the scheme of things, it should be marginal. We're just very happy that this approach to immigration policy is ended this is not how we do immigration policy," said Garcia.

However, Garcia said if El Paso is to experience an increase in migrants the network of hospitality sites are more than able to handle asylum seekers who may come.

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