DHS Ending ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

Migrants will be released into the United States.

QUICK FACTS:
  • The Department of Homeland Security is set to end the Trump administration-era “Remain in Mexico” policy.
  • The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) policy, put in place in January 2019 by then-President Donald Trump, requires migrants to wait in Mexico until their immigration hearings.
  • Shortly after taking office, President Joe Biden suspended the rule, and his decision is still being challenged in court.
  • The administration was able to end the practice as a result of a fresh decision from Texas U.S. Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, who had previously ordered the MPP’s reinstatement in August of last year.
  • The department celebrated the ruling saying that without them they will “continue to enforce our nation’s immigration and public health laws.”
DHS PRESS RELEASE ABOUT THE MPP:
  • “We welcome the U.S. District Court’s decision, which follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 30th decision, to lift the injunction that required DHS to reimplement the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) in good faith,” DHS said in their press release.
  • “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. Individuals disenrolled from MPP will continue their removal proceedings in the United States,” the release went on to say.
  • “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.”
  • “DHS continues to enforce our nation’s immigration and public health laws, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Title 42 public health order as required by court order. Individuals encountered at the Southwest Border who cannot establish a legal basis to remain in the United States will be removed or expelled.”
BACKGROUND:
  • This news comes as immigrant encounters are breaking records at the southern border following the end of many of the former administration’s policies.
  • At their upcoming court date, migrants who are currently enrolled in MPP in Mexico will have their enrollment canceled. They will carry on with the removal procedures in the US.
  • So far this fiscal year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has encountered or detained a record number of more than 2 million people from more than 150 countries at the southern border.