Biden Administration Suspends ‘Remain In Mexico’ Program For Asylum Seekers


The Biden administration has announced that beginning Jan. 21, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer enroll asylum seekers newly arriving on the southern border in a Trump program known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).

The DHS said in a statement Wednesday that effective Thursday, the department will “cease adding individuals into the program.” The DHS urged those currently in the program to “remain where they are, pending further official information from U. S. government officials.”

The release also advised that migrants currently on their way to the United States will not be eligible for a path to citizenship under an immigration reform proposal known as the U. S. Citizenship Act of 2021, that was sent by President Joe Biden to Congress hours earlier.

“The legalization provisions in that bill apply only to people already living in the United States,” the agency said.

The MPP program was launched in January 2019 to help stem the flow of meritless asylum claims that were clogging up the system by the hundreds of thousands. The MPP program forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their asylum case is adjudicated. Prior to its implementation, thousands of illegal immigrants were released into the United States to await their cases, most failing to appear in court.

Biden in January had promised on day one of a Biden presidency to “eliminate President Trump’s decision to limit asylum and end” the program that sees asylum seekers remain in … (Read more)

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