Biden administration will restart Trump's 'Stay in Mexico' policy

Authorities are forced to renew the program, which requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their foreign court cases to be heard, under a court order.


Biden officials say Thursday they will renew Trump's "Stay in Mexico" policy next week following an agreement with the Mexican government.

The policy, officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, requires that asylum seekers wait outside the United States to have their cases heard in a foreign court. The program will resume at one point across the border on Monday and will eventually include seven entry points, including San Diego and the Texas cities of Laredo, El Paso and Brownsville.

The Washington Post first reported an agreement to renew the policy.

Biden had completed the program when he took office this year, calling it violence because of the violence the immigrants are facing while waiting in Mexico to hear their cases in court. However, officials in Texas and Missouri sued authorities in April, saying the move was a burden to the provinces because immigrants used government services such as the issuance of driver's licenses and the provision of hospital care. A Texas government judge has ordered his reinstatement pending the outcome of the case in August.

The authorities challenged the order but failed in the appellate court and the High Court before agreeing to comply with the court order. Managers say they are still determined to finish the program in the end.

Biden officials spent the past few weeks negotiating with the Mexican government on terms of restarting the program. Negotiations have already taken place in much of the community, but on Friday the Mexican government issued a statement expressing concern about the program and called on the US to commit to speeding up the process to reduce asylum seekers in Mexico and provide medical assistance. care, Covid policies and access to attorneys.

Biden officials said in a statement that human development had been made in the policy. The U.S. it will usually finalize all cases within six months of a person returning to Mexico, improve access to lawyers and exclude “high-risk individuals” - such as the elderly or disabled - from the system. The US will also provide the Covid vaccine, a "safe and secure environment," for health care among other services, officials said.

However, immigration lawyers have warned that despite human development, rebuilding the system will still put asylum seekers at risk. The non-profit organization Human Rights First has recorded more than 1,500 cases of violence, including murder, rape, torture and kidnapping, against immigrants who have been forced to return to Mexico under a policy since February.

In an interview with reporters, senior management said the policy would be reinstated in a way that would address the "serious humanitarian concerns" under the Trump administration.

Commenting on Biden's opposition to the policy, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that although the president was committed to ending the process, "we also believe in following the law, which is exactly what we are doing, as a decision. that required us to move forward. "