Oct 15, 2021
Biden administration to reinstate Trump-era ‘Remain-in-Mexico’ asylum policy next month
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Migrants from Central America are detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents after crossing into the United States from Mexico, in Sunland Park, New Mexico, July 22, 2021.Jose Luis Gonzalez | Reuters
The decision comes after the Supreme Court declined the administration's request to block an order by a federal judge to reinstate the policy, leaving the administration with a deadline on Thursday to comply.
The policy, known as "Remain in Mexico," was first implemented in 2019 by former President Donald Trump amid an increase of Central American families crossing the southwest border.
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden ended the policy, known as Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP. He called it inhumane due to the violence migrants faced while waiting in Mexico, often in dangerous cities with few resources.
The Republican-led states of Texas and Missouri sued the Biden administration in April over the suspension of the policy. In August, a federal judge for the Northern District of Texas sided with the states and ordered the administration to reinstate the policy pending the outcome of the lawsuit.
"DHS is taking necessary steps to comply with the court order, which requires us to reimplement MPP in good faith," said a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson Friday.
"We are working to do so, despite our appeal of the court's order," the spokesperson said, noting that the department is issuing contracts to rebuild temporary immigration-hearing facilities near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Senior administration officials also told reporters Thursday night that only those who are not expelled under Title 42, a Trump-era health law that Biden has kept in place, would be subject to MPP, according to NBC News.
Title 42, first implemented in March 2020 at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, denies certain migrants the opportunity to apply for asylum.
The revival of the MPP policy still hinges on the approval of the Mexican government. Discussions with the Mexican government about when and how the policy will be reimplemented are ongoing, the department spokesperson noted.
"Significantly, Mexico is a sovereign nation that must make an independent decision to accept the return of individuals," they said.
The spokesperson added that the Biden administration will still issue a memo terminating the policy, which would only take effect if the administration defeats the lawsuit filed by Texas and Missouri.
An estimated 70,000 migrants were returned to Mexico under the Trump-era policy since 2019, according to the American Immigration Council.
For migrants subject to the policy, that meant waiting months, if not years, to see an immigration judge. It also meant facing threats of extortion, sexual assault and kidnapping, according to the American Immigration Council.
There were at least 1,544 publicly documented cases of rape, kidnapping, assault, and other crimes committed against individuals sent back under MPP through February 2021, according to Human Rights First. Several people, including at least one child, died after being sent back to Mexico under the policy and attempting to cross the southwest border again.
Plans to revive the MPP come as Biden's approval ratings have fallen, in part because of the way his administration has handled migration and the border.
In particular, the president has faced backlash for using Title 42 amid the highest number of migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally in two decades.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in August that Title 42 would remain in effect until there is no longer a danger of people who aren't U.S. citizens bringing Covid-19 into the country when they cross the border. Unaccompanied children are exempt from the health law.
The Biden administration defended its use of Title 42 on Wednesday, even as it lifts restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals with visas crossing the border from Canada or Mexico into the U.S.
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Commentary: Myths About a Border Crisis by Design and for Destruction
moreby Brian Lonergan
For decades Americans have witnessed the gradual disintegration of our southern border. It has angered a lot of people, but it hasn’t affected most people’s lives directly, so little has been done about it. Apart from a brief four-year law and order hiatus under Donald Trump, the fire has burned steadily and under current leadership is now an uncontrollable inferno. How did we get here?
We got here in part because the government and the corporate media have peddled a number of myths, also known as lies, to fool enough citizens that the border fire was under control. It is time to identify and debunk some of the biggest ones here.
Lie #1: The recent surges at the border are spontaneous events created by root causes in Latin American countries where people are fleeing persecution and violence.
One of the greatest benefits of our social media-obsessed, iPhone age is that, while lies can travel around the world overnight, they can be proven false just as quickly. The idea that border surges are grassroots events is a demonstrable lie.
Just this month, a whistleblower has come forth with details of a well-organized effort by a shadowy group of nonprofit organizations working with our government to transport, house, and distribute thousands of illegal aliens throughout the United States. Data has shown more than 70 percent of those seeking asylum claims are rejected, yet the current administration is releasing them into the country anyway.
Independent reporters at the border have exposed the lavishly financed efforts to bring migrants up from Central America into Texas. The operation allegedly involves the Mexican government, the United Nations, immigration lawyers, and non-government organizations who give migrant families debit cards loaded with $800 a month. Considering the numbers of people involved, that is a lot of debit cards and a lot of money. Where is it coming from? If only we had a watchdog media to investigate.
The border surges are not spontaneous. They are well-funded, highly organized events for a purpose you are not supposed to know.
Lie #2: Walls don’t work.
This is a popular bumper sticker slogan among the anti-borders Left, but it is not supported by statistics or common sense. Among the flood of supporting data is the fact that in the Yuma, Arizona sector alone, illegal entries in the area with a new border wall system dropped a staggering 87 percent from 2019 to 2020.
During the Trump wall-building effort, similar results were observable in the Rio Grande Valley sector, where no previous wall existed. There, apprehensions dropped 79 percent and narcotics seizures dropped 26 percent from the previous year. Homeland Security officials have repeatedly said that when walls go up, it forces human traffickers, drug smugglers and others to change their tactics, allowing Customs and Border Patrol to direct resources to other areas.
Thanks to the wall shrinking that gap for smugglers to exploit, DHS over a four-year period in the Trump era seized more than 4 million pounds of hard drugs like fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine—almost double the annualized amount of drugs seized between 2009 and 2017. That progress came to an end when Biden canceled further wall construction.
The real proof of whether walls work is to look at where the loudest critics of a border wall live. Joe Biden recently had a taxpayer-funded wall erected around his Delaware beach house. In 2019 activists tried to speak with Nancy Pelosi at her Napa estate and were blocked by a wall around the mansion. The U.S. Capitol has remained surrounded by an ugly fence since January. Why are these elites and so many of their colleagues building walls around their homes and workplaces if they are not effective?
Lie #3: Politicians who encourage illegal migration are acting out of compassion.
The most effective shield for anti-borders politicians has been to assign compassion to their motives, and to accuse anyone who opposes them of cold-hearted bigotry against the less fortunate. To see what’s really going on, one need only look at a video of then-Vice President Biden in 2015. He gives a rare peek behind the curtain, speaking honestly about what he and his like-minded activists seek:
An unrelenting stream of immigration, nonstop. Nonstop. Folks like me who were Caucasian, of European descent, for the first time in 2017 we’ll be in an absolute minority in the United States of America, absolute minority. Fewer than 50 percent of the people in America, from then and on will be white European stock. That’s not a bad thing, that’s a source of our strength.
That may be just Biden’s trademark pandering to minority voters. It may be him trying to appease his radical fringe base. It sounds more like a creepy agenda to use eugenics for political advantage in a way that our elected leaders have neither the authority nor the public mandate to implement. Whatever it is, it is not compassion.
When politicians, media talking heads, and activists try to spread these and other myths, they need to be challenged vociferously on the facts. Their talking points all lead to one place: an America that is borderless, bankrupt and devoid of a brighter future.
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Brian Lonergan is an adjunct fellow of the Center for American Greatness and director of communications at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a public interest law firm working to defend the rights and interests of the American people from the negative effects of mass migration.
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