Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Despite the Supreme Court ruling allowing the Biden administration to dismantle the "Remain in Mexico" policy, returning asylum-seekers to Mexico while their asylum claims are being decided, the policy has remained in place, suggesting resistance to its end.
The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that immigration officials have begun to phase out the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program reports Adolfo Flores for BuzzFeed News.
DHS stopped enrolling new people in MPP and individuals currently in the program in Mexico will be disenrolled upon their next scheduled court date
The policy, which has forced thousands of migrants to wait in dangerous conditions in Mexico, "has endemic flaws, imposes unjustifiable human costs, and pulls resources and personnel away from other priority efforts to secure our border," noted DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
UPDATE (August 11): NPR's A Martinez talks to Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy director of the American Immigration Council, about the end of the policy that had asylum-seekers had waiting in Mexico for court hearings.