The Biden administration has done another about-face and is now looking to once again do away with former President Trump’s highly effective “Remain in Mexico” policy despite being ordered by a court to reinstate it.
Under the directive, asylum seekers at the border are ordered to remain in Mexico until they have a hearing to determine whether they are eligible or not. This runs contrary to Biden’s “catch and release” of illegal immigrants into the US.
Biden tried to end the program last June and wound up being sued by Texas and Missouri over it. Both states’ attorneys general argued that ending the policy was harmful to the country and also posited that the way the administration ended it was illegal.
This resulted in a U.S. District Court judge in Texas ruling in August that Biden had to reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” policy. The Supreme Court then rejected the Justice Department’s request for a stay that would have put the policy on hold while litigation over Biden’s efforts to rescind it played out in court.
This is unreal. DHS is focused on terminating the Remain in Mexico program AGAIN – after the courts told them to restart the program and despite its effectiveness. It’s like they are trying to fail. https://t.co/fwnUfsE7hq
— Chad Wolf (@ChadFWolf) September 30, 2021
Despite the illegality of doing so, the Department of Homeland Security proclaimed on Wednesday that it “intends to issue in the coming weeks a new memorandum terminating” the program, asserting that “although the department issued a June 2021 memorandum that terminated MPP, a Texas district court vacated that prior termination determination and issued an injunction that requires the department to work in good faith to restart the MPP.” Many consider that a very interesting and twisted interpretation of the ruling.
The White House has appealed the injunction and DHS is now contending that it “intends to address the concerns raised by the courts with respect to the prior memorandum.” The agency claims they have been following the judge’s orders.
“A new memorandum terminating MPP will not take effect until the current injunction is lifted by court order,” the DHS press release stated. “In the meantime, while the court injunction remains in effect, the Department has been working in good faith to re-start MPP in compliance with the order, and it will continue to do so.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is saying their claims are not true. Paxton and Attorney General Eric Schmitt of Missouri sued the Biden administration for a second time last week, asserting that they have been stalling and not following the court order to reinstate the policy.
“Trump’s ‘Remain-in-Mexico ‘program was a massive success,” Paxton told Fox News Wednesday. “Biden refused to enforce it. I sued. He lost. He dragged his feet. I sued again.”
“Now he plans to get rid of the program altogether,” the Texas attorney general remarked. “This [administration] is a disaster, acting in bad faith and destroying our border and communities. I’ll do everything I can to ensure he doesn’t eliminate MPP.”
(Video Credit: Fox News)
The announcement by DHS comes after Border Patrol agents processed roughly 30,000 migrants who crossed the Rio Grande into Del Rio, Texas, over a span of approximately two weeks. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted on Sunday that roughly 12,000 Haitian migrants had been released into the US, with another 5,000 in DHS processing. None of those illegal immigrants had to produce a negative COVID test before being released.
Biden ostensibly made a campaign promise to end Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy and has been under intense pressure to rescind it. His perceived reimplantation of the program has greatly angered the left.
Meanwhile, conservatives torched the move by Biden and DHS:
It is unreal. This administration is turning DHS in the wrong direction.
— Rae Marisa (@marisa_rae) September 30, 2021
— Judy Dian (@JudyDianeAndre1) September 30, 2021
This makes absolutely no sense.
— Mark Bucko (@msbglide) September 30, 2021
Exactly THEN pippy longstocking stands at the podium and says "Republicans haven't put forth any ideas how to deal with border they just do press conferences at the border"
— scott carpenter (@ilike_waffles) September 30, 2021
— Chad Wolf (@ChadFWolf) September 30, 2021
They *are* trying to fail. Clowder-Piven Strategy
— Nunya Business (@Nunya305) September 30, 2021
Why are they trying to ruin this country?? Unbelievable 🤦🏼♀️
— Laura (@LauraAavery) September 30, 2021
Rule of Law be damned
— Buck at Large (@BuckatLarge1) September 30, 2021
Seams as they do not care about homeland security.
— Triplet99 (@ThomasA34873365) September 30, 2021
There needs to be suits filed ….dereliction of duty or something. This Admin flouts laws. What would happen if you or I ignored the Supreme Court?
— Tina 🇺🇸 (@tinanyfl) September 30, 2021
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