The Biden Administration on MPP/the “Remain in Mexico” policy

By Leslie Bary

The president has already walked back one campaign commitment on immigration: his promise that ​“on day one” he would end Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols (also known as the ​“Remain in Mexico” policy).

Maurizio Guerrero, “Our Next Deporter-in-Chief?” In These Times 45:2 (February 2021): 18-24.

Maurizio Guerrero’s article on immigration policy and the new administration in the February, 2021 issue of In These Times, is worth reading. There is a great deal to be concerned about, as the anti-migrant policies of the past few decades have been bipartisan efforts.

As indicated earlier, another of President Biden’s campaign promises was to end the use of private facilities for immigrant detention. We should hold him to this and to the promise to end the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)–and to revise 35 years of policy decisions that have accumulated to create the current situation.

Images of For-Profit ICE Detention Centers

By Leslie Bary

The Guardian has published drone images of some ICE detention centers. It’s a rare chance to see them, since visitors are not allowed to take photographs. The Biden administration has ordered the Department of Justice to phase out the use of private prisons, but ICE detention is under the Department of Homeland Security (which, we should remember, was only created this century, after the terrorist attacks of 2001). It is not clear the order will extend to DHS. We should all write and call the White House on this matter.

Volunteer Alert


January 20, 2021 a new Homeland Security memo went into effect, that could mean the release of some classes of detainees. Detainees should ask their lawyers or the Freedom for Immigrants hotline how the memo may affect them.

If you are in contact with anyone who could be affected, especially if they are detained, please let them know: “DHS just issued a new memorandum about deportations and any detainee should contact their lawyer or call the Freedom for Immigrants hotline (9233# from a detention center) for more information about how it could affect them.” Volunteers should, of course, refrain from giving advice on this and other legal matters.

To join LA-AID or volunteer with us, please fill out this form. At this time (January 2021) we have a special need for pen-pals and letter writers. We are hoping new members will take on a pen-pal, but we have numerous other projects and needs as well.

Djibril Coulibaly

By Leslie Bary

Here is the story of Djibril Couibaly, awaiting deportation to Mali after 19 years’ legal residence in Louisiana as a French immersion teacher in the school system–and no, the school system does not hire undocumented aliens. This situation is the result of a clerical error that, in a more humane system, could be easily corrected. These are some of the problems LA-AID and related organizations work to combat.