Biden to Reimplement Key Trump Policy Over Mexico

Biden to Reimplement Key Trump Policy Over Mexico

( – In January 2019, the Trump administration implemented the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, otherwise known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Of course, President Joe Biden and his administration, in their attempt to reverse everything Trump did, attempted to revoke the successful program. Now it looks like it’s back, whether Biden likes it or not.

On December 2, officials from the United States announced an agreement to restart MPP. The program includes some humanitarian upgrades including a six-month deadline for asylum applications to be processed as well as access to legal counsel. Mexico is expected to announce its agreement with the new policy changes later in the day.

Under MPP, certain asylum seekers had to return to Mexico while their immigration proceedings worked their way through the courts. On June 1, the Biden administration tried to cancel the policy using a memorandum, but Texas and Missouri filed a lawsuit challenging the order.

On August 13, 2021, US District Court Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk permanently enjoined administration officials from “implementing or enforcing” the memorandum. However, he placed a temporary stay on the order to allow the Biden administration to “seek emergency relief at the appellate level.”

The administration appears to have given up the idea of an appeal — at least for now — and is complying with the judge’s order.

We will keep you updated on this important story as additional information becomes available.

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