Friday, October 29, 2021
Today Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued a memorandum terminating the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the Remain in Mexico program. The memo details the Biden administration's earlier attempts to terminate the program, the resulting litigation in the Northern District of Texas, and the subsequent comprehensive review of the program by the Department of Homeland Security. In terminating the program, the Secretary writes:
Significant evidence indicates that individuals awaiting their court hearings in Mexico under MPP were subject to extreme violence and insecurity at the hands of transnational criminal organizations that profited by exploiting migrants’ vulnerabilities. It is possible that such humanitarian challenges could be lessened through the expenditure of significant government resources currently allocated to other purposes. Ultimately, however, the United States has limited ability to ensure the safety and security of those returned to Mexico. Other significant issues with MPP, including the difficulties in accessing counsel and traveling to courts separated by an international border, are endemic to the program’s design.
DHS will continue to operate MPP in good faith, it reports on its website, "until the current injunction is lifted."