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Trump Administration Terminates Catch and Release Migrant Policy

By: Leianna Giryan

· Domestic Policy

In a critical development for the ongoing debate of the Southern border, Kevin McAleenan, acting Secretary of Homeland Security, announced that the “catch and release policy” would end under the Trump Administration. Upon announcement, McAleenan remarked that, "With some humanitarian and medical exceptions, DHS will no longer be releasing family units from Border Patrol Stations into the interior,” altering the current migrant policies.

The policy was put into effect early this week. The DHS (Department of Homeland Security) detailed the process. If migrant family units do not claim to be afraid of returning to their countries, they will be returned to their origin country. If a migrant family unit does claim to have fear, generally, they will be sent to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols. Under the protocols, in another country, these migrants would await their court dates in the United States for possible asylum. McAleenan claims that this end of the “catch and release” policy is in response to the 140,00+ migrants apprehended at the southern border just in May, as many were children and families. In the beginning of September, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that the Trump Administration can apply a rule, requiring that the migrants must first seek asylum in a “third country” before turning to the United States. Prior, news of a deal with the president of El Salvador in regards to permitting asylum there rather than the U.S. has also been discussed, however, its details are not yet available.

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