Illegal immigration has exploded under President Joe Biden. Now the administration is scrambling to solve the problem, including reinstating one of former President Donald Trump’s policies.
The Department of Homeland Security is looking to restore Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy amid crushing illegal immigration, The Washington Times reported. The administration attempted to cancel the practice, but the Supreme Court upheld it.
Alejandro Mayorkas, DHS secretary, made the announcement Wednesday that they would be forming a task force to examine how to “rebuild” the policy. The administration had sought to end the practice but was denied in a Supreme Court ruling against the administration.
The policy requires asylum seekers to wait on the Mexican side of the border. This often means refugees are left in squalid conditions while they await approval of their applications, although it keeps Americans safer by allowing them to be properly vetted.
In the interim, the administration said it would adhere to the ruling “in good faith” to uphold the Remain in Mexico policy, also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, according to The Hill. However, the administration doubled down on a promise to cancel it once legality permitted.
“A new memorandum terminating MPP will not take effect until the current injunction is lifted by court order,” the DHS said in an announcement. “In issuing a new memorandum terminating MPP, the Department intends to address the concerns raised by the courts with respect to the prior memorandum.”
Some advocates feel the administration should simply rewrite the memo until it’s airtight in front of the court rather than simply complying. This could be an indication that they’re accepting the policy in a roundabout way to deal with the immigration crisis.
Border Patrol is having a difficult time dealing with the flood of illegal immigrants at the southern border, and the administration has been loath to do anything meaningful about it so as not to appear unwelcoming to migrants. It’s possible that keeping this policy is the solution they’ve been hoping for to have it both ways.