Saturday, August 13, 2022

DHS Scraps Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ After Final Court Hurdle Disappears; Biden Administration says 'Remain in Mexico' Policy is Over; US Will Admit Migrants Forced to Remain in Mexico Through Asylum Process

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DHS scraps Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ after final court hurdle disappears"
The Homeland Security Department announced it will end the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy and welcome ousted illegal immigrants back into the U.S. after a federal court dissolved the last remaining hurdle.
Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk lifted his permanent injunction Monday after the Supreme Court ruled in late June that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas did have power under the law to end the border security program, officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols.
The department said it will immediately stop ousting people under MPP, and said the several thousands who had been ousted under the policy in recent months will be welcomed back when they show up for their next appointments — though they remain under threat of deportation.
“As Secretary Mayorkas has said, MPP has endemic flaws, imposes unjustifiable human costs, and pulls resources and personnel away from other priority efforts to secure our border,” the department said in a statement announcing the move.
Under MPP, some migrants caught jumping the southern border illegally who then requested asylum were pushed back into Mexico to wait for their immigration court hearings.
The policy’s goal was to deny them the foothold that has served as an enticement for an unprecedented flow of immigrants, and it proved strikingly successful for the Trump team.
But the Biden administration called the policy cruel and has pushed from its early days to end the program, along with most of the rest of the Trump administration’s get-tough immigration policies. --->READ MORE HERE
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Biden administration says 'Remain in Mexico' policy is over:
The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that it ended a Trump-era policy requiring asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, hours after a judge lifted an order in effect since December that it be reinstated.
The timing had been in doubt since the Supreme Court ruled on June 30 that the Biden administration could end the "Remain in Mexico" policy. Homeland Security officials had been largely silent, saying they had to wait for the court to certify the ruling and for a Trump-appointed judge, Matthew Kacsmaryk in Amarillo, Texas, to then lift his injunction. The Supreme Court certified its ruling last week.
The program will be unwound in a “quick, and orderly manner,” Homeland Security said in a statement. No more people are being enrolled and those who appear in court will not be returned to Mexico when they appear in the U.S. for their next hearings.
The policy "has endemic flaws, imposes unjustifiable human costs, and pulls resources and personnel away from other priority efforts to secure our border,” the department said. --->READ MORE HERE
US will admit migrants forced to remain in Mexico through asylum process:
Several thousand asylum-seekers whom the Biden administration had forced to remain in Mexico through the duration of their legal proceedings will be admitted into the United States as their cases proceed in court following a district court order issued Monday.
Roughly 5,500 migrants who were enrolled into the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols since President Joe Biden took office 19 months ago are expected to be unenrolled from the border program and permitted into the country, according to immigration policy analysts.
“DHS is committed to ending the court-ordered implementation of MPP in a quick, and orderly, manner. Individuals are no longer being newly enrolled into MPP, and individuals currently in MPP in Mexico will be disenrolled when they return for their next scheduled court date,” DHS said in a statement Monday evening. “Individuals disenrolled from MPP will continue their removal proceedings in the United States.”
Doris Meissner, a former Department of Homeland Security agency head and director of the Migration Policy Institute’s U.S. Immigration Policy Program, said the change means the roughly 5,500 asylum-seekers still waiting in Mexico will be admitted to the U.S. through the ports of entry. --->READ MORE HERE
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