The White House on Tuesday urged potential Central American asylum seekers not to rush the US-Mexico border as President Biden ends former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.
The 2018 policy required asylum seekers arriving at the Mexico border to await a decision on their claims before entering the US.
Applicants currently awaiting a decision will be allowed into the US under Biden’s phase-out.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and his deputy Liz Sherwood-Randall said in a statement that the initial rollback of “Remain in Mexico” will apply only to the 71,000 asylum seekers who are already part of the program.
“If you seek entry into the US and do not have an active MPP case, you will be immediately expelled and will not be permitted to remain in the United States,” they said.
In December, then-President-elect Biden said that he was concerned about abruptly relaxing Trump’s immigration policies, lest he trigger “2 million people on