Biden Administration ends Trump’s “remain in Mexico” program

The Biden administration officially dismantled the “Remain in Mexico” program, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which was enacted by the Trump administration back in 2019.

Under the MPP, illegal immigrants and asylum-seekers, who presented themselves or were arrested at the border, would be sent back to Mexico to wait their court date. Shortly after taking office, Biden suspended the MPP and has allowed about 11,000 of those in the program to enter the country according to The Hill. On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent out a memo stating that they will no longer be enforcing the mandate and have decided to end the policy.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas states in the memo, “I have determined that MPP does not adequately or sustainably enhance border management in such a way as to justify the program’s extensive operational burdens and other shortfalls. Over the course of the program, border encounters increased during certain periods and decreased during others.” This decision comes after President Biden called on the agencies, who are tasked with enforcing immigration rules, to look at the MPP and consider dismantling it back in February (The Epoch Times).

DHS Secretary Mayorkas claimed to have “completed the further review undertaken pursuant to Executive Order 14010 to determine whether to terminate or modify MPP,” and has made the official decision to terminate the program. Mayorkas also stated in the memo, “I direct DHS personnel to take all appropriate actions to terminate MPP, including taking all steps necessary to rescind implementing guidance and other directives or policy guidance issued to implement the program.”

According to The Hill, Mayorkas insisted that the MPP consisted of “mixed results” by citing that, “It is certainly true that some removal proceedings conducted pursuant to MPP were completed more expeditiously than is typical for non-detained cases, but this came with certain significant drawbacks that are cause for concern,” and “The focus on speed was not always matched with sufficient efforts to ensure that conditions in Mexico enabled migrants to attend their immigration proceedings.”

Mayorkas wrote that over 25 percent of the 68,000 people who were sent back to Mexico were later “reencountered attempting to enter the United States between ports of entry.” Supporters of the MPP will most likely condemn the decision taken by the DHS, considering the influx of illegal immigrants crossing through the border over the past months. Just last April, the U.S Customs and Border Protection announced that there were about 172,000 encounters, which includes 19,000 unaccompanied minors, between Border Patrol and illegal immigrants in the month of March.


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