Biden administration preparing to resume Trump-era 'Remain in Mexico' program

Biden administration preparing to resume Trump-era 'Remain in Mexico' program
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The Biden administration said it was preparing in mid-November to reinstate a Trump-era border policy of returning asylum-seekers to Mexico until their court dates in the United States, according to officials.

Officials cautioned that the timeline for resuming the Migrant Protection Protocols hinges on Mexico’s cooperation to accept the return of migrants to its country.

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President Joe Biden suspended the rule soon after taking office in January before ending it months later. But this decision faced a court challenge, with a U.S. District Court in Texas ordering the Biden administration to restart the program, also known as “Remain in Mexico,” charging that the White House had breached rule-making protocol in unwinding the program. The Supreme Court upheld the decision, a blow to the Biden White House that has sought to distance itself from the former administration.

Under former President Donald Trump, migrants from Central America and elsewhere attempting to cross the southern border were required to stay in Mexico until their immigration court hearing dates in the U.S. In the past, migrants were typically allowed to remain in America as they moved through immigration proceedings.

Biden officials have said they oppose the rule but have been in discussions with Mexico about resuming it.

In a statement Thursday, the Homeland Security Department said it is “taking necessary steps to comply with the court order, which requires us to reimplement MPP in good faith.”

The program relies on Mexico’s cooperation, and administration officials said they are moving to allay concerns from President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s government by providing improved protections and access to legal counsel for those seeking asylum.

Mexico has also voiced concern about the timing of the returns and their locations.

“Mexico is a sovereign nation that must make an independent decision to accept the return of individuals without status in Mexico as part of any reimplementation of MPP,” the Homeland Security Department said in a statement. “Discussions with the Government of Mexico concerning when and how MPP will be reimplemented are ongoing.”

The policy was conceived by the Trump administration as a way to stop migrants from being released into the U.S., avoiding deportation by claiming asylum. Some 68,000 migrants were returned to Mexico under the rule.

Once the policy is reinstated, this would mark the second reimplementation of a Trump-era border policy.

The Biden administration has also upheld the Title 42 public health rule that allows migrants to be expelled rapidly from the country.

The public health order will take precedence once both policies are in place, officials said.

Under Trump, Mexico agreed to an expansion of the program under the threat of tariffs. Border crossings dropped sharply in the months that followed.

Since taking office, Biden has confronted a spike in the number of apprehensions along the southern border, a crisis that has overwhelmed border facilities and shows little sign of abetting.

The return of the policy marks a sharp contrast with the president’s earlier criticism, however.

“Rolling back the policies of ‘Remain in Mexico,’ sitting on the edge of the Rio Grande in a muddy circumstance with not enough to eat and — I make no apologies for that,” Biden told reporters in March. “I make no apologies for ending programs that did not exist before Trump became President, that have an incredibly negative impact on the law, international law, as well as on human dignity.”

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Biden has since confronted a swell of asylum-seekers from Central America and elsewhere despite efforts to address the so-called “root causes” of migration in the region. The president tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to address the topic earlier this year.

On Thursday, Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it will continue talks with Washington, but not whether it had agreed to cooperate with the MPP.

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Original Author: Katherine Doyle

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