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The Biden administration is planning to promptly reinstate the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy that requires asylum seekers on the U.S. southern border to wait in Mexico till their instances are heard.

“As we have previously stated, we are required by court order to reimplement MPP,” a DHS spokesperson mentioned in a press release to Fox News, referring to 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,” the spokesperson added.

Established by the Trump administration in January 2019, the “Remain in Mexico” policy, or MPP, returned migrants to Mexico to await asylum hearings as an alternative of conserving them in the United States.

Adult migrants underneath the reinstated policy may even be given the chance to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine, in accordance to two authorities immigration officers who spoke to Axios.


Migrants trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico are detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the border Aug. 15, 2021 in San Luis, Ariz.
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Last month, the Department of Homeland Security mentioned it was prepared to reinstate MPP by mid-November in response to a courtroom order that the Supreme Court upheld, even as DHS works to abolish this system by a special methodology.

Proponents of the policy claimed it was an efficient program that saved unlawful immigrants in another country and lowered the “pull factors” that draw different migrants. Critics blasted it as a merciless policy that put migrants liable to violence and led them to subsist in squalid circumstances.

A pair of migrant families from Brazil pass through a gap in the border wall to reach the United States after crossing from Mexico to Yuma, Ariz., to seek asylum in June 2021.

A pair of migrant households from Brazil go by way of a niche in the border wall to attain the United States after crossing from Mexico to Yuma, Ariz., to search asylum in June 2021.
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A federal choose had ordered the Biden administration to “enforce and implement” the policy in response to a lawsuit from Texas and Missouri, which claimed that the Biden administration’s try to terminate it was unlawful and dangerous.

Mounted U.S. Border Patrol agents watch Haitian immigrants on the bank of the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 20, 2021 as seen from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico.

Mounted U.S. Border Patrol brokers watch Haitian immigrants on the financial institution of the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 20, 2021 as seen from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico.
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The ruling got here after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had put this system on maintain in June, claiming on the time that the policy failed to “adequately or sustainably enhance border management in such a way as to justify the program’s extensive operational burdens and other shortfalls.”

Fox News’ David Spunt and Adam Shaw contributed to this report.