“will force asylum-seekers to wait months in Mexico ahead of their immigration court hearings in the U.S.”
Next week, the Biden administration might reinstate Trump’s remain in Mexico policy, which forces migrants to stay on the other side of the border while their applications are being processed.
This will undoubtedly cause gnashing of teeth from leftists, who have convinced themselves that any and all Trump policies are inherently evil.
It will also be seen as an admission that Trump was right about something, and the left can’t have that.
Stef W. Kight reports at Axios:
Scoop: Biden restarting Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy
President Biden will start turning asylum seekers back to Mexico as soon as next week under a reinstated Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program — but will offer them the option to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Axios has learned.
Why it matters: Under court orders, the president will officially undo a key immigration promise, which will force asylum-seekers to wait months in Mexico ahead of their immigration court hearings in the U.S. — as long as Mexico accepts them.
- One difference from the program under former President Trump’s administration: All migrant adults enrolled in “Remain in Mexico” will be offered the vaccine, although it can’t be required, according to two government immigration officials.
- It’s unclear at what point in the process the migrants would be able to get their shots, whether before being turned back, when they return to the U.S. for their court hearing or at some other time.
- The policy, formally called the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), will first be reinstated in El Paso and Brownsville, Texas, as well as San Diego, California, one DHS official said.
Our news cycle moves so fast that it’s easy to forget a judge ordered Biden to resume the policy shortly after his administration ended it.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee, has blocked the administration’s move to end the program, saying the federal government did not follow proper procedures to cancel it and failed to take its benefits into account. The Biden Administration brought a challenge of the decision to the Supreme Court, which issued a ruling in August upholding Kacsmaryk’s court order that forces the government to restart the policy.
Mayorkas issued a memo last month seeking to resolve the court issues, acknowledging that illegal border crossings dropped while the policy was in place but also claiming it did more harm than good by placing asylum seekers in danger. The memo stated many migrants faced unsafe living conditions in Mexico and lacked access to adequate legal representation.
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