The Biden administration on Friday moved again to end the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy, even as it is reimplementing it in response to a court order — and admitted that it “likely” contributed to reduced illegal migration at the southern border.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a memo that the benefits of the program, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) “are far outweighed by the costs of continuing to use the program on a programmatic basis, in whatever form” and that he is terminating the program.
The policy, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols, was set up and expanded in 2019 and saw migrants sent back to Mexico as they awaited their hearings. It was the cornerstone of the Trump administration’s efforts to end the practice of “catch-and-release” by which migrants were released into the interior after being apprehended.
Proponents said it was a dramatically effective program that both kept illegal immigrants out of the country and reduced the “pull factors” drawing migrants north. Critics said it was a cruel policy that resulted in migrants camping in squalid conditions and being put at risk of kidnapping and violence.
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