DHS nixes Trump’s ‘remain in Mexico’ policy for migrants

DHS nixes Trump’s ‘remain in Mexico’ policy for migrants


The Biden administration Tuesday formally ended a policy enacted by the Trump administration that forced asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for their cases to be heard in an American immigration court.

In a seven-page memo obtained by the Associated Press, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated that the Migrant Protection Protocols Program — the formal name for the so-called “remain in Mexico” policy — “does not adequately or sustainably enhance border management in such a way as to justify the program’s extensive operational burdens and other shortfalls.”

Mayorkas stated that approximately 68,000 people were affected by the policy, which was implemented by then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in January 2019.

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Critics of the program argued that asylum claimants were hampered by violent conditions in Mexico, lack of access to lawyers and difficulty making it to court. Mayorkas acknowledged those concerns by noting that according to DHS data, 44 percent of asylum claims under the program were denied

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