The Biden administration has yet to abandon a key Trump-era border policy; the Supreme Court said it could do it and the reason could be the president’s political future, experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
After months of attempts to stop the continuation of the “stay in Mexico” policy, which is used to deport some migrants to Mexico pending immigration proceedings, the Supreme Court granted the Biden administration the power to do so in a June decision.
The Biden administration has yet to end the program and the White House and Department of Homeland Security are silent on next steps because they did not respond to requests for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.
One of the reasons President Joe Biden has broken his word is that his political future could be threatened by the potential for chaos at the border, Allen Orr, outgoing president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“I think the Biden administration is being overly cautious about ending the program because they don’t want anything happening on the southern border that looks like things were out of control. Politically, that wouldn’t be a good thing with the midterms coming up and his approval ratings being so low,” Orr said.
“I also think he’s worked with private and public partnerships to sort of solve the immigration problem, because we saw an agreement that was made with Mexico just a few weeks ago where they were going to invest million dollars to help ensure an orderly border between the United States and Mexico,” he added.
Rep. Henry CuellarD-Texas, whose district is along the southern border, agreed that the lack of change is political, he told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“I think they, especially the career people, not the politicians, know that there are things that are going to slow people down and [the Migrant Protection Protocols] is one of them. They probably don’t want to say it publicly,” Cuellar said.
“Unfortunately they have to follow the instructions that come from above, and I would even say [Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro] Mayorkas understands that and understands that we have to slow down the number of people, but you know, everyone gets instructions from higher places in the White House. So I think they’re probably trying to slow that down as much as possible,” he added.
A migrant I met in Yuma last month was deported to Mexico, under the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy. He sent me these photos from the camp in Mexico where he awaits his audience, telling me that the air conditioning barely works, the food is expired and it’s dirty. pic.twitter.com/XO6dKvz41C
— Jennie Taer (@JennieSTaer) June 21, 2022
The policy, however, hasn’t returned significant numbers of migrants to Mexico, making the Biden administration’s implementation of the policy “all for show,” the U.S. Federation’s press secretary said. for Immigration Reform, Ron Kovach, at the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“The MPP is already dead – the court-ordered relaunch was just for show. Only a few thousand migrants were enrolled in the program, with most either released back into the country or deported under Title 42. The number of borders is still on the rise,” Kovach said.
United States Customs and Border Protection excluded 2,097 foreigners in an irregular situation in June, 2,129 in May and 1,725 in April. During the aforementioned months, migrant encounters at the southern border exceeded 200,000, according to CBP statistics.
“Nothing will change one way or another once the MPP facade is officially complete,” Kovach said.
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