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Defying Court Ruling, Biden to Cancel the Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program

Biden cancelará de nuevo el programa "Permanecer en México"

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The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it will again cancel “in the coming weeks” the immigration program implemented by former President Donald Trump “Remain in Mexico” (Migrant Protection Protocols, MPP) after a federal judge ordered its reinstatement in August.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) explained that when it issues a new memorandum to suspend the program, it “intends to address concerns raised by the courts with respect to the previous memorandum.”

Biden suspended, as soon as he took office in January, enrollments in that program, implemented in 2019 by Trump and by which the United States sent more than 60,000 undocumented immigrants to wait for months in Mexico for their hearings before immigration judges.

In February, the Biden administration began allowing migrants with active cases under the MPP to enter the United States, and in June, the Department of Homeland Security put a definitive end to the program.

However, last month a federal judge in Texas ordered the White House to restore the program, which required undocumented seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border to wait in the neighboring country for their claims to be processed.

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U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ruled that the order by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas officially ending the program in June violated federal administrative law and failed to take into account the program’s “benefits,” including its deterrent effect on potential migrants.

The magistrate ordered the Biden Administration to restore the program at least until it finds a way to “lawfully rescind” it, and until the President has the necessary capacity to detain all asylum seekers who, in the absence of such a policy, are able to enter the country.

Thus, the migration crisis that has not stopped at the southern border of the United States could become much worse in the coming months.