Only four months after President Biden’s disastrous decision to end former President Trump’s successful ‘remain in Mexico’ policy, a federal judge has ruled that Biden’s termination of the program violated the law.
The Trump policy formally called the ‘Migrant Protection Protocols’ (MPP) required migrant asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their U.S. court hearings, rather than simply being released into the United States after crossing the border.
Now, per the judge’s order, Team Biden will temporarily reinstate the protocols in mid-November as the administration prepares yet another attempt to end the program. According to The Blaze:
…Trump implemented the MPP policy in 2019 as a means of ensuring that migrants who traveled to the southern border claiming to seek asylum did not enter the country illegally and then disappear before their court hearings. An estimated 68,000 migrants were returned to Mexico under Trump’s policy, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
But Biden campaigned against MPP, claiming it was somehow “inhumane.” Soon after he took office, Biden paused the program as part of a wider effort to reverse most of Trump’s immigration and border security policies. The result was a massive surge of illegal migrants and chaos at the Mexico border unprecedented in the past decade.
The Blaze continued:
In April, Missouri and Texas sued the Biden administration, arguing that pausing MPP led to a surge of illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border that inflicted costs on the states. The Department of Homeland Security attempted to officially rescind the policy in June, when DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said it did not “adequately or sustainably enhance border management.”
Then in August, a federal judge blocked the Biden administration from enacting its plan to end the “remain in Mexico” policy. The Biden administration appealed its case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to take it up in a 6-3 decision, leaving the lower court’s ruling in effect.
Now, according to Reuters, the Biden administration is in the tricky position of having to restart the “remain in Mexico” program while also trying to end it.
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