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"Remain in Mexico" Reboots

January 04, 2022 (1 min read)

Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union Tribune, Jan. 3, 2022

"San Diego on Monday became the second U.S. border city where federal officials restarted the “Remain in Mexico” program. No asylum seekers were immediately returned to Tijuana to wait for their U.S. immigration court hearings, according to senior officials with the Biden administration speaking on background. The first returns from San Diego to Mexican soil are likely to happen Tuesday or Wednesday. The program, first implemented by the Trump administration in 2019 with the intention of deterring asylum seekers by keeping them out of the United States while their claims were processed, was halted after President Joe Biden took office. A federal judge ordered the program, known officially as Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, to be reimplemented after Texas and Missouri sued over the way the policy ended. The Biden administration has since used that ordered restart to expand the program to additional nationalities, including Haitians. ... The rollout of the new version of the Remain in Mexico program will continue in five other locations — Calexico; Nogales, Ariz.; and Eagle Pass, Laredo and Brownsville in Texas."