President Joe Biden is slated to reinstate former President Donald Trump’s controversial Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), more commonly referred to as his “Remain in Mexico” policy.
According to The Daily Wire, the policy will be put into place, possibly as early as next week, and comes as the surge in illegal immigrants breaks records and the crisis at the border takes on new concerns as Americans face growing strain on the supply chain to receive goods.
If the change moves as expected, Biden will break one of his promises to immigrants and alleged asylum seekers who will be forced to wait on the southern side of the United States-Mexico border while their claims are processed.
“Proponents described the policy as incredibly effective, by weeding out bogus or insufficient asylum claims without letting people into the country, and one that helped end the process of ‘catch and release,’” Fox News reported.
“Amid the ongoing border crisis, which has seen hundreds of thousands of migrants hit the border in recent months, with tens of thousands being released into the U.S., Republicans and border officials have urged the Biden administration to re-implement the policy.”
Biden’s move is one that is in sharp juxtaposition to the president’s earlier comments when he harshly criticized the MPP policy that Democrats widely condemned while the former administration was in power.
Additionally, migrants will have the option to receive the coronavirus vaccine, which some believe could act as yet another incentive for migrants from disadvantaged countries to make the trek northward.
“In compliance with the court order, we are working to reimplement MPP as promptly as possible,” DHS spokesperson Marsha Espinosa claimed. “We cannot do so until we have the independent agreement from the Government of Mexico to accept those we seek to enroll in MPP. We will communicate to the court, and to the public, the timing of reimplementation when we are prepared to do so.”
The New York Times also reported in September that, privately, administration officials were “relieved” that the policy would go back into place to cope with dangerous levels of illegal border crossings.