The Biden administration officially reinstated the controversial Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, commonly known as Remain in Mexico. Asylum-seekers will now have to return to Mexico and wait for their immigration case to be heard. MPP was first implemented under the Trump administration, but President Biden ended the program on his first day in office. Remain in Place was reinstated under court order and under a new agreement with the Mexican government; went back into effect on December 6.
In August 2021, a federal judge in Texas ordered reinstated the Migrant Protection Protocols program, and 4 days later on August 24, 2021, the United States Supreme Court ruled the Texas order would stay in place. Border Patrol on the Mexican border is reporting historic highs of migrants trying to cross into the United States.
The Biden administration is promising MPP will now have better screening, more representation and shorter wait times of no more than 6 months. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas believes the policy ‘has endemic flaws, imposed unjustifiable human costs, pulled resources and personnel away from other priority efforts, and failed to address the root causes of irregular migration.’
The Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) policy was first implemented in January 2019 by the Trump administration and directed at immigrants entering the United States at the U.S. southern border. The MPP program sends migrants who enter the U.S. illegally, or who appear at official places of entry along the U.S. border seeking asylum, to return to Mexico to await an American court date.
Immigrants claiming asylum under MPP policies must come and go across the border under U.S. custody to attend their hearings in the courts in the program, located in San Diego and Texas. Prior to MPP, most of these migrants were released inside the U.S. to wait for a court date.
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