Texas AG decides to force implementation of “stay in Mexico” policy

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to reporters on the steps of the United States Supreme Court after the court took up a major abortion case focusing on whether a Texas law who imposes strict regulations on abortion doctors and clinic buildings interferes with a woman’s constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy in Washington March 2, 2016. At right is Texas Solicitor General, Scott Keller. REUTERS/Kévin Lamarque

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  • Texas AG says ‘stay in Mexico’ policy should be reimplemented in phases
  • AG claims Biden administrator. fail to make good faith efforts to comply
  • Judge ruled eliminating Trump-era politics illegal

(Reuters) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office told a federal judge that the Biden administration was not making efforts to comply with a ruling that revived a Trump-era policy requiring that persons who entered the United States illegally be returned to Mexico to await prosecution.

The GA in a deposit In Amarillo, Texas, federal court ruled on Thursday that the US Department of Homeland Security should follow the Trump administration’s playbook and reimplement the so-called “stay in Mexico” policy in phases instead of waiting until later. overcome various procedural obstacles.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, in a lawsuit brought by Texas and Missouri, said the Biden administration had illegally eliminated the program, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, without fully considering account of its advantages. The administration appealed the decision to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

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The DHS, in later court documents, said it could not revive the MPP until it reached agreements with Mexico and Central American countries and entered into contracts to build infrastructure. for immigration hearings at the border.

But Paxton’s office, moving to enforce the judge’s order on Thursday, said those hurdles to fully implementing the MPP shouldn’t stop DHS from starting the process.

“Defendants could currently deny entry to non-Mexican aliens seeking asylum from their non-Mexican governments. They do not,” the AG said. “They could be issuing notices of asylum hearings to these claimants while they rebuild the facilities where these procedures are taking place. They’re not.”

DHS and the Department of Justice, which represents the agency, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The MPP program was launched in 2019, sparking objections from immigrant rights groups and Democrats who said it forced migrants to wait in unsafe conditions in Mexico and compromised their ability to seek asylum in Mexico. United States.

The Biden administration halted the program in February and has since allowed about 13,000 MPP-enrolled migrants to enter the United States to continue their business.

Republicans criticized the move, saying ending the MPP and other restrictive Trump policies would further encourage illegal immigration.

Kacsmaryk, in his decision last month, said the Biden administration acted arbitrarily in eliminating the program without adequately justifying the decision.

The case is Texas v. Biden, US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, No. 2:21-cv-0067.

For States: Ryan Walters and Will Thompson of the Texas Attorney General’s Office

For the Biden Administration: Erez Reuveni of the US Department of Justice

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