U.S. will 'process' asylum seekers stuck in Mexico -WH

"The Department of Homeland Security will take steps to begin processing individuals who under the previous administration have been forced to remain in Mexico under the migrant protection protocol," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday.

The moves are part of a plan by the administration of President Joe Biden to end the program, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), an effort complicated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and concerns over illegal immigration.

Video Transcript

JEN PSAKI: I wanted to also highlight some news coming out of the Department of Homeland Security this morning that's another step in the administration's process to reform our nation's immigration system. Beginning on February 19th, the Department of Homeland Security will take steps to begin processing individuals who under the previous administration had been forced to remain in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocol.

I will note this news should not be interpreted as an opening for people to migrate irregularly to the United States. Only eligible individuals would be allowed to enter through designated ports of entry at designated times. Through a whole of government approach, DHS, the State Department, and Justice Department will collaborate with international partners to safely process, under the strictest COVID-19 parameters, eligible individuals to pursue their cases in the United States. And again, this begins on February 19th.