DHS Again Rescinding Remain in Mexico Policy

The administration openly challenging the court ruling. 

In August, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an order keeping the ”Remain in Mexico” policy in place, despite efforts of President Biden’s administration to rescind it.  Now the administration is once again rescinding the policy challenging the court’s ruling to carry out the policy of the former administration, which the current administration views as a roadblock to seeking asylum. 

In drafting a new memo to rescind what is formally called the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), the president’s administration is using court rulings to sharpen the legal reasoning behind its decisions. The memo does not take effect immediately but more fully outlines the administration’s rationale for ending the program. 

The seven-page memo issued Friday by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said, “After carefully considering the arguments, evidence, and perspectives presented by those who support re-implementation of MPP, those who support terminating the program, and those who have argued for continuing MPP in a modified form, I have determined that MPP should be terminated. In reaching this conclusion, I recognize that MPP likely contributed to reduced migratory flows. But it did so by imposing substantial and unjustifiable human costs on the individuals who were exposed to harm while waiting in Mexico.” He added that the policy “fails to provide the fair process and humanitarian protections that all persons deserve.” 

It is the administration’s hope that the new memo will lead to some court reversals of opinions that have forced it to reinstate Remain in Mexico, which has not yet been done. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For administration officials as they continue efforts to rescind the Remain in Mexico policy. 
  • For the president and his advisors as they seek to give rights to migrants. 
  • For members of Congress and federal agencies as they consider reforming America’s immigration laws and policies. 

Sources: The Hill, Washington Post 


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