Former President Donald Trump’s so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), is about to make a big return.
The Daily Wire reports that the Biden administration is getting ready to reimplement the Trump-era border security policy in order to comply with a judge’s order.
Remain in Mexico: It’s back
First implemented by Trump in 2019, the aptly named “Remain in Mexico” policy forces migrants seeking asylum in the United States to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed.
Among other things, the goal was to discourage illegal immigration by ensuring only those with legitimate claims have the chance to enter the U.S.
The strategy replaced the long-standing and unsuccessful “catch and release” policy, which only served to encourage illegal immigration. But unsurprisingly, President Joe Biden and others in his administration are hoping to return to that, even going so far as to walk back Trump-era policies to the contrary.
The result, according to Republicans, has been an all-out crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border, where nearly 2 million migrants were apprehended by border agents in just the 2021 fiscal year alone.
Thankfully, the justice system isn’t about to sit idly by. Following a legal challenge from Republicans, the courts found the Biden administration had failed to give a good enough reason for nixing the policy.
A look to the future
Now, reports from Fox News and elsewhere indicate that the White House could put the Remain in Mexico policy back into effect as soon as next week.
According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the administration is just waiting on the OK from Mexico.
“In compliance with the court order, we are working to reimplement MPP as promptly as possible,” DHS spokesperson Marsha Espinosa said, according to the Daily Wire.
“We cannot do so until we have the independent agreement from the Government of Mexico to accept those we seek to enroll in MPP,” she explained.
“We will communicate to the court, and to the public, the timing of reimplementation when we are prepared to do so,” Espinosa added. Hopefully, it will be sooner than later.