President Joe Biden entered office with a clear intention to repeal as many of his predecessor’s tough immigration policies as possible, including the so-called Remain in Mexico policy.
After the courts ruled against him, however, it now appears that the president is giving up the fight and is ready to re-implement the policy — at least for now.
Background on the policy
Officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, the policy was first implemented by then-President Donald Trump in 2019 as a way to curb illegal immigration.
As its name implies, the Remain in Mexico policy required migrants seeking entry into the U.S. to wait south of the border while their claims were considered by a court. Trump sold the plan as a contrast to the status quo whereby undocumented migrants were often released into the United States
Despite widespread praise for the policy, Biden made it a top priority of his administration to bring it to an end, along with several other Trump-era immigration rules.
Of course, that decision led to legal challenges by the attorneys general of Texas and Missouri, who argued that the president did not lawfully end the policy. Subsequent decisions by courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, ordered the Biden administration to re-implement the MPP.
After initially appearing to stall, the White House indicated that it would put the policy back in place once Mexico signals its support, which it recently did.
“DHS announced key changes”
In a statement on Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security announced its intention to reinstate the program.
According to Fox News, the agency asserted that it “has been working in good faith” to accomplish the task, adding: “Today, in coordination with the Departments of State and Justice, DHS announced key changes to MPP to address humanitarian concerns raised by the Government of Mexico and shared by the U.S. Government.”
As for the scope of those changes, the Biden administration confirmed that it would seek to resolve all cases within six months as well as provide additional access to legal assistance and information to migrants.
Despite its recent concession, the Biden administration is said to be considering how to end the Remain in Mexico policy in a way that would withstand legal challenges. For the time being, though, Americans who endorsed Trump’s stance on immigration and border issues have a reason to celebrate.
Perhaps this forced move will aid in stemming the surge of illegal immigration that has taken place since Biden entered office.