The Department of Homeland Security said late Thursday that it was ready to reinstate former President Trump’s “stay in Mexico” policy in mid-November.
Driving the news: In August, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision ordering the administration to reinstate the policy officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols Program (MPP), which forces asylum seekers at the southern border to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed through US courts.
- The Supreme Court sided with a ruling by a Texas federal judge, who said the Biden administration failed to consider several critical factors before formally ending the program in June.
- The Justice Department had asked the court to suspend the program, saying the MPP “was officially suspended for seven months and largely inactive for nearly nine months prior.”
The big picture: The Biden administration cannot restart the program without the consent of the Mexican government. DHS said it is in communication with Mexican officials to determine when and how the program will be reimplemented.
- “Mexico is a sovereign nation that must make an independent decision to accept the return of people without status to Mexico under any reapplication of the MPP,” the DHS said.
The Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs released a statement On Thursday, he said he would continue talks with the Biden administration on immigration, but gave no details on whether he would agree to restart the MPP.
What they say : DHS said it was “taking necessary steps to comply with the court order, which requires us to reapply the MPP in good faith.”
- “We are working to do so, despite our appeal of the court order, including, for example, contracting to rebuild temporary immigration hearing facilities near the southwestern border,” they said. they added.
- DHS added that it will also issue “a memorandum terminating the MPP,” but cannot move forward with ending the program “until the current injunction is lifted.”