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Biden could reinstate ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy as early as next week


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President Biden is about to reinstate the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” immigration program as quickly as next week after a number of makes an attempt to finish the policy, in response to studies.

Migrant adults enrolled in this system will probably be supplied the COVID-19 vaccine — a change in how the policy seemed beneath former President Trump, according to Axios, which cited two authorities immigration officers. 

The vaccines can’t be required, and it’s unclear the place in the asylum course of the migrants would obtain the jabs. 

El Paso and Brownsville, Texas, as nicely as San Diego, Calif., would be the first cities to see the policy reinstated, the outlet reported. 

“As we have previously stated, we are required by court order to reimplement MPP,” a DHS spokesperson told Fox News, referring to the policy’s official identify of “Migrant Protection Protocols.”

“In compliance with the court order, we are working to reimplement MPP as promptly as possible. We cannot do so until we have the independent agreement from the government of Mexico to accept those we seek to enroll in MPP. We will communicate to the court and to the public the timing of reimplementation when we are prepared to do so.”

Migrants push strollers and carts.
Migrant adults enrolled in the “Remain in Mexico” program will probably be supplied the COVID-19 vaccine.
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The so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy was initially suspended beneath Biden simply hours after he took workplace in January. It was formally ended originally of June by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. 

However, in August, Texas District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk dominated the administration should reinstate the policy, which requires asylum seekers alongside the southern US border to stay in Mexico till they’ll have their case be heard. 

The Biden administration tried to finish this system once more final month, whereas acknowledging the policy “likely contributed to reduced migratory flows.” 

Migrants walk as they take part in a caravan.
El Paso and Brownsville, Texas, as nicely as San Diego, California, would be the first cities to see the policy reinstated.
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In a memo, Mayorkas famous that his Department sees “inherent problems with the program that no amount of resources can sufficiently fix” however mentioned the administration will adjust to Kacsmaryk’s ruling. 

Restarting this system additionally depends on cooperation from Mexico. 

In October, the White House famous it was pending settlement from the Mexican authorities earlier than restarting the policy. The neighboring nation needs immigration instances to wrap up inside six months, to make sure well timed and correct entry to case info and permit for simpler entry to authorized counsel for migrants in search of asylum.

A border patrol officer begins processing a family.
Restarting the “Remain in Mexico” policy additionally depends on cooperation from Mexico.
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At the time, studies emerged that Mexican officers mentioned there was “no decision” made, with the nation’s overseas ministry saying it had a “number of concerns.” 

Earlier this month, the White House held the North American Leaders Summit the place Biden met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

Despite the US-Mexico border seeing historic numbers of crossings and apprehensions alongside the border this 12 months, the rising migrant disaster was not a key focus of the summit. 

Migrants from Haiti.
The US-Mexico border has seen historic numbers of crossings and apprehensions alongside the border this 12 months.
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Instead, López Obrador urged new US migration guidelines to facilitate authorized labor exchanges, calling on Congress to approve Biden’s plan to grant conditional amnesty to a lot of the estimated 11 million folks residing in the US illegally.

Prior to a non-public assembly between Biden and the Mexican president, administration officers particularly famous that the 2 leaders wouldn’t talk about — even in personal — the restarting of the “Remain in Mexico” policy.

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