Joe Biden’s administration will resist a judicial ruling to bring back the previous administration’s immigration policy on Sept. 29.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will completely eliminate the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program. The move came despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision to reinstate the policy.
The program, also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, requires some Mexican asylum seekers to wait in their home country until granted U.S. residency. The measure is intended to discourage foreigners from unlawfully crossing the border.
The regulation proved very effective in limiting mass and disorganized immigration. However, leftist and Democrat sectors criticize the initiative for conflicting with their flexible border ideology.
In June 2021, the Biden administration tried to officially end the program but the states of Texas and Missouri jointly launched a lawsuit to prevent this from occurring.
Attorneys general from both states claimed the policy’s termination is illegal and will harm national border security. The Supreme Court agreed and ruled the Biden administration must revive the immigration policy implemented by his predecessor on Aug. 24.
White House appealed the federal court injunction, and department insists the agency still “intends to issue in the coming weeks a new memorandum terminating [the policy,]” according to Fox News.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) recently complained the Biden administration had still not reinstated the “stay in Mexico” policy. They launched a new lawsuit, accusing the federal government of ignoring Supreme Court and lower court rulings.
“I think they are just trying to keep ignoring federal law, keep ignoring the Supreme Court ruling,” Paxton said according to Fox News. “The government does not care about federal law clearly, we have already established that. Now they do not care about all the orders from the courts, including the Supreme Court.”
The department blames Mexico for failing to formalize agreements, needed to reinstate the policy.