The Biden administration is currently taking action to restart former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico Policy” in mid-November, which is a rule that forces those seeking asylum to remain in Mexico for U.S. court hearings after a federal court found the termination of the program unjustified, according to U.S. officials on Thursday.
However, the administration is going to make yet another attempt to have the Migrant Protection Protocols rescinded, even while it is currently taking steps to comply with the August ruling that came from U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk.
The possible reinstatement of MPP – even on a short-term basis – would add to a confusing mix of U.S. policies in place at the Mexican border, where crossings into the United States have reached 20-year highs in recent months. The administration said it can only move forward if Mexico agrees. Officials from both countries said they are discussing the matter.
Mexico’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday that it has expressed a “number of concerns” over MPP to U.S. officials, particularly around due process, legal certainty, access to legal aid and the safety of migrants. A senior Mexican official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said “there is no decision at this point” about the program’s restart.
Trump, a Republican known for hard-line immigration policies, created the MPP policy in 2019, arguing that many asylum claims were fraudulent and applicants allowed into the United States might end up staying illegally if they skipped court hearings. Biden, a Democrat, ended the policy soon after taking office in January as part of his pledge to take a more humane approach to border issues.
Immigration advocates have said the program exposed migrants to violence and kidnappings in dangerous border cities where people camped out for months or years in shelters or on the street waiting for U.S. asylum hearings.
Back in March of this year, President Biden stated that he “makes no apology” for ending the MPP, which is a policy he described as sending folks to the “edge of the Rio Grande in a muddy circumstance with not enough to eat.”
Isn’t he just the very definition of articulate, folks?
Anyway, the Newsmax report says, “After the Republican-led states of Texas and Missouri sued Biden over his decision to end the program, Kacsmaryk ruled in August that it must be reinstated. The U.S. Supreme Court, whose 6-3 conservative majority includes three justices appointed by Trump, subsequently let Kacsmaryk’s ruling stand, rejecting a bid by Biden’s administration to block it.”
“Re-implementation is not something that the administration has wanted to do,” a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official, who offered to speak on this under the condition of anonymity, went on to say during a call with reporters. “But in the interim we are under this obligation of the court.”
Some of the steps that are required for the implementation of the MPP includes preparing courts, housing folks in tents near the border where the asylum hearings can be held. Biden’s administration stated in the filing that these kind of facilities will take a month to construct, which will cost around $14.1 million to put up and $10.5 million a month to operate.
Gee, funny how Democrats suddenly start caring about too much government spending when it is for something they don’t want to do, isn’t it?