DHS rebuilds Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ immigration policy
Homeland Security announced Wednesday it had formed a task team to “rebuild” the Remain in Mexico policy that the Trump administration used for solving the last border surge. However, the department stated it requires Mexico ‘s cooperation to move forward.
At a similar time, the Department stated that it still plans to issue a memo cancelling the policy, also known as the Migrant Protection Protocolss “in the coming week .”
The confusing and contradictory announcements are coming as Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas fights against a court order that he must re-start MPP. To revive the program, the judge ordered that he act in good faith.
Under the MPP, illegal immigrants are forced back across the border to Mexico in order to await their immigration court dates in U.S. They were effectively denied entry to the U.S. by this policy, which Homeland Security claims was crucial in solving the previous surge.
Migrant-rights activists complained about it sending migrants back to dangerous and squalid conditions in Mexico – and the Biden team agreed and issued an order immediately stopping the program.
Mr. Mayorkas issued a memo to cancel it, but a federal judge ruled that he had violated procedural law. He ordered the program to be restarted.
His critics claim he has slowed down restoration. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading this lawsuit. The federal judge was asked to intervene and order the secretary to move forward.
Wednesday’s announcement — an unsigned memo of the department — seems to be an attempt at placating the judge while still making it clear that the Biden administration does not want to see MPP revived.
” A new memorandum to terminate MPP will not be effective until the court orders lift the injunction,” the announcement stated. “While the court injunction is still in force, the Department has been working diligently to restart MPP in accordance with the order .
The administration stated that it has been having “high-level diplomatic talks with Mexico ,”” and has created the task force to “rebuild infrastructure” for the program.