President Joe Biden recently had to reinstate a controversial Trump-era immigration policy. The decision to reinstate this policy comes after the Supreme Court of the United States refused the Biden Administration’s request to block a federal judge’s order to reinstate the policy.
The “Remain in Mexico” policy will be reintroduced in November, forcing asylum seekers to remain in Mexico until their US immigration court date. It was first introduced in 2019 by the Trump administration to stop the increasing number of Central American immigrants coming together at the Southern border.
This policy was scrapped by President Joe Biden on his first day as he believed that forcing asylum seekers to remain in Mexico given the threat of violence against the migrants was inhumane.
What Did the Biden Administration Do to Stop the Policy?
The Biden administration was sued in April by Republican-led Texas and Missouri after they scrapped the policy. A federal judge for the Northern District of Texas sided with the 2 states and instructed the Biden Administration to reinstate the policy in August. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) informed that they will be taking the necessary steps to comply with the court order by reimplementing the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) in good faith, despite their appeal of the court’s order.
The DHS will also be reissuing contracts to build temporary US immigration-hearing facilities close to the US-Mexico border. In addition to that, only those who are not excluded under Title 42, a Trump-era health law will receive the MPP.