DHS Continues Quest to Eliminate “Remain-in-Mexico” Policy

DHS Continues Quest to Eliminate

(RepublicanPress.org) – Trump administration officials began implementing a strict immigration policy called Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) in late January 2019. Under the program, certain individuals attempting to enter the United States illegally or without proper documents were denied entry and returned to Mexico until the completion of their immigration proceedings. Biden administration officials unsuccessfully tried to reverse that program. US District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk issued a temporary restraining order blocking that effort in August.

On Wednesday, September 29, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a press release announcing its intention to issue a new memorandum reversing the Trump administration’s protocols.

The new memo will address concerns raised by the courts regarding its abandonment of the MPP program. However, DHS said the new policy would not go into effect until the court system vacated the current injunction.

According to the press release, DHS officials plan to work with the US State Department to coordinate its new policy with their Mexican counterparts. DHS also created an interagency task force to rebuild the required infrastructure to oversee the new program and to reapportion necessary human resources for the project’s daily operations and administration.

The program isn’t likely to sit well with Republicans and others opposed to the Biden administration’s approach to border security. It also remains unclear whether the courts will greenlight this effort.

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