- A federal judge in Texas has requested the revival of the controversial “Remain in Mexico” program.
- This petition officially gives the Biden government seven days to appeal.
- The magistrate thinks that the end of this policy damages the interests of Texas and Missouri.
A federal judge in the state of Texas surprised many by filing a petition to revive the controversial “Remain in Mexico” program, which began during the mandate of Donald Trump, in 2019, and which allowed the government to send more than 60,000 undocumented immigrants who crossed the border to Mexico to wait for months for their US court hearings, thus preventing them from waiting within the territory.
This request gives the government of US President Joe Biden seven days to appeal the ruling or, otherwise, get the MPP going again. Which would mean bad news for all those migrants who have made their request for asylum in order to remain in the country and who are currently in Mexico waiting for a new opportunity.
Restoration of the Stay in Mexico Program: The petition
According to information from the Efe agency, uhe federal judge in Texas ordered the White House to restore the controversial “Stay in Mexico” (MPP) program, which forced undocumented immigrants seeking asylum on the southern border of the United States to wait in the neighboring country for your requests will be processed.
This petition took people who remain undocumented in the north of the Mexican country by surprise, where they wait for their asylum applications to be taken into account in the United States courts in the coming months instead of remaining in Mexico awaiting new ones. news. Although of course, with this new news, the procedures hang by a thread and it is expected that the current government can appeal this decision. Filed Under: Restoration Program Stay in Mexico
Restoration of the Stay in Mexico Program: A Last Minute Decision
The judge’s decision, issued late on Friday and reported on Saturday by CBS News, gives the government of US President Joe Biden seven days to appeal the ruling or, otherwise, put the MPP back into operation. . The news is very recent and it is expected that in a few hours the president’s administration will take this case into account.
So United States District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, who was appointed to the position by former President Trump, ordered federal officials to revive the so-called Remain in Mexico program until it is “legally rescinded.” and the government has the detention capacity to maintain all asylum, according to the CBS chain. Filed Under: Restoration Program Stay in Mexico
Restoration of the Stay in Mexico Program: Biden had suspended it
As is well known, Biden suspended enrollment in that program as soon as he came to power in January, promoted in 2019 by the government of his predecessor, Donald Trump, and by which the United States sent more than 60,000 illegal immigrants to cross the border to waiting for months in Mexico for their appointments before immigration judges.
The suspension meant a serious problem around the border states, where the undocumented have turned up waiting to be able to enter the country and have their asylum requests taken care of. On a daily basis, the migration police face problems with migrants, who struggle to access the territory, even if they are asked to return to Mexico and carry out the procedure there. Filed Under: Restoration Program Stay in Mexico
Restoration of the Stay in Mexico Program: Migrants had been allowed to enter
As mentioned by the Efe agency, in February, the Biden government began to allow the entry into the United States of migrants with active cases under the MPP and in June, the Department of Homeland Security definitively ended the program, highly criticized by organizations of human rights.
It was expected that by ending this program, the complaints would be forgotten and the situation would gradually be regulated, but it was the opposite. When this petition is filed by the federal judge, it is considered as a failure of the wishes of the Biden administration, who from the beginning argued that he would be willing to help the undocumented; but in recent months, it has been heavily criticized. Filed Under: Restoration Program Stay in Mexico
Restoration of the Stay in Mexico Program: There was already a demand in April
Federal Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, nominated by Trump for his post in a Texas court, agreed Friday with the attorneys general of Texas and Missouri, who had sued the Biden administration in April over its decision to end the program. Every day the situation between the policies that former President Trump left in use with the new ideas of Biden is more complicated, which has put the current administration in check.
In fact, such a request would have to do with the fact that last month, US agents along the border with Mexico made more than 212,000 arrests of migrants. The situation in the border states has worsened in recent months, more so with the situation of the pandemic, which has forced more than one person to flee their country of origin, to seek new opportunities. Filed Under: Restoration Program Stay in Mexico
The law was broken
Kacsmaryk opined that the order by which the Secretary of Homeland Security of the United States, Alejandro Mayorkas, officially ended the program in June violated federal administrative law and did not take into account the “benefits” of the program, among which he cited his alleged deterrent effect among potential migrants.
As recalled, in June, Mayorkas signed the formal termination of the MPP rule, saying that “any benefits that the program may have offered now are far outweighed by the challenges, risks and costs it presents.” In addition, he mentioned his concerns about whether “the lack of stable access to housing, income and security,” forcing asylum seekers stranded in Mexico to abandon “potentially meritorious applications for protection,” according to the CBS News.
It damages the interests of the states
The magistrate considered that the end of this policy damages the interests of Texas and Missouri, because migrants who are released in the United States while waiting for their appointments before immigration courts will use health care services and apply for driver’s licenses, and their children will attend schools in the United States, according to the Efe agency.
For these reasons it is that they have been insisting that the program be restored and put an end to the problems that afflict these states. But the reasons given are considered offensive to the undocumented, who want to be able to solve their legal situation as quickly as possible and who have expressed it on different occasions.
A win for Texas and Missouri
The local media, have taken Friday’s ruling is a victory for Texas and Missouri, who filed the lawsuit against the suspension of the Remain in Mexico rule, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols or MPP, since that it means that they will not have to deal with the undocumented in the aspects mentioned above.
Although the initial concern was the use of basic services, concern about the outbreak of infections in these states has also been added. Currently, the country is going through an increasing wave of infections due to the Delta variant, which puts the population at risk; for this reason, they also want the border to remain closed and asylum cases on hold.
He asked for the restoration of the program
Kacsmaryk ordered the Biden government to restore the program at least until it finds a way to “legally terminate it,” and until the Executive has the necessary capacity to detain all asylum seekers who, in the absence of that policy, may enter the United States.
This petition comes at an extremely difficult time for undocumented immigrants awaiting trial in Mexico. People have demonstrated, asking for help at the border, since they are in worrying conditions, in shelters where their capacity has already exceeded the maximum and therefore, they had the illusion that the US government would respond to their requests as soon as possible.
What could happen
One of the reasons why the undocumented have no hope, is that if the Biden government appeals the decision and the litigation is prolonged, it is possible that the battle will end in the Supreme Court, which in March 2020 already gave the reason to Trump and allowed him to continue implementing the MPP, although he did not assess the substance or the constitutionality of the policy, so it is a situation that has kept more than one concerned.
But among the reports in the last hours, it was revealed that representatives of the Department of Homeland Security of the United States or better known as DHS, and the Department of Justice, which will probably appeal the court order on Friday, did not respond immediately to requests for comments requested by the chain CBS News, for which further comments are awaited.
ACLU files lawsuit
In that case, the United States Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the policy on the grounds that it violated US obligations regarding migration and asylum, by sending migrants to northern Mexico, where they could be victims of trafficking networks or kidnapped to demand ransom.
If an agreement is reached with the lawsuit presented, it will be a good sign for the undocumented who are waiting for their asylum application to be approved, since in the formats the petitions they have presented are for cases of fear of returning to their countries of origin where they live in inadequate conditions and want to have a better standard of living. EFE NEWS