Saturday, May 13, 2023

Immigration Article of the Day: The So-Called Stateless: Firm Resettlement, African Migrants, and Human Rights Violations in Mexico by Claire R. Thomas

The So-Called Stateless: Firm Resettlement, African Migrants, and Human Rights Violations in Mexico by Claire R. Thomas, Boston University Public Interest Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2023


This paper explores Mexico’s reactionary migration policies, especially concerning the labeling of African migrants and asylum-seekers as so-called “stateless” and the subsequent unsolicited permanent residence status it offers, and address the numerous international and domestic legal violations contained within. Part I of this article presents the lived experiences of African asylum-seekers traveling through Mexico in 2015 and 2019 to demonstrate the direct impact of Mexican migratory policy changes. Many Black migrants and asylum-seekers, as well as Afro-Mexicans, have raised awareness of anti-Blackness in Mexico and of how racism is pervasive. Part II of this article explains Trump-era changes to U.S. immigration policies, many of which continue under the Biden Administration. This section first addresses those policies directly promulgated by the United States, and subsequently focuses on Mexican immigration policies affecting migrants in transit. Part III of this a rticle explores the concept of statelessness, including the internationally recognized legal definition, legal norms, and regional instruments. This section discusses Mexico’s interpretation of statelessness and how it disproportionately, if not entirely, impacts Black migrants. Part IV of this article explains the harm to U.S. asylum claims caused by the offer of permanent residence in a third country such as Mexico, namely the firm resettlement bar. Part V addresses possible solutions moving forward, in both U.S. immigration law and in Mexican law, on domestic, regional, and international levels in order to prevent more persons in migration from being issued a legal status which they did not understand nor want, to which they did not consent, and which has severe adverse impacts for their future migration goals.


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Great Content you shared. This article gives us knowledge about US immigration policies.

Posted by: Lmia Canada Process | May 12, 2023 2:08:48 AM

May 16, 2023
Crapser’s lawsuit cited the government as responsible for allowing adoptions to be controlled by profit-driven agencies that ran on fees collected from foreign parents, and also for allowing foreigners to adopt children without actually coming to South Korea, which he blames for screening failures that matched him with abusive parents.

Good for Him,🙏
His case also highlights the shaky legal status of many South Korean adoptees in the United States whose parents may have failed to get them citizenship, potentially leaving them vulnerable to deportation if they acquire a criminal record
Happy he won lawsuit! It’s so wrong, leaving abandoning, legal adopted citizens, who lived whole life in US only home they know, Married with children, the hardship, depression, has no price, for Adoptees, and worse for Immediate family living without a parent, knowing they are stuck alone in another country, while all adoptees are citizens living with their families, due to a date😭

Posted by: Michelle | May 17, 2023 2:11:10 AM

It was for 100 million dollars, the hardship legal adoptees endure, not to mention the American families they leave behind, growing alone with a parent is depressing, completely unfair, please help all Legal Adoptees gain Citizenship like current adoptees, and reunite American families, no family should be separated, because of a simple date, when law came into effect

Posted by: Michelle | May 17, 2023 2:15:33 AM

Living alone without a parent is completely wrong and totally depressing*

Posted by: Michelle | May 17, 2023 2:17:03 AM

Worse part is not able to even visit, because living in another country you don't much about, is dangerous, personally I will never risk my American family coming to visit in Monterey

Posted by: Michelle | May 17, 2023 2:20:19 AM

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