In this file photo from November, a migrant rests at the home of Honduran migrant Glenda Troches, which she adapted as a migrant shelter during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Saltillo, Mexico [File: Daniel Becerril/Reuters]

A leading human rights group has called on the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden to dismantle a migration programme which the group said subjected migrants to avoidable physical and emotional harm.

The administration of President Donald Trump championed two years ago the United States Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) or the “Remain in Mexico” policy, to deter migrants from claiming asylum along the US’s southern border.

Under the policy, migrants have to wait for their asylum court hearings in Mexican border cities, rather than in

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