Remain in Mexico Policy to Restart

President’s administration reaches a deal with Mexico. 

U.S. and Mexican officials struck an agreement to reimplement the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, otherwise known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Under it, asylum seekers at the border are returned to Mexico to wait while their claims are processed. Earlier in the year, the Supreme Court ordered that the policy be reinstated. 

Although the Court ordered the government to reinstate Remain in Mexico, the U.S. could not do so without cooperation from Mexico. The Mexican government sought assurances the asylum cases would be processed faster than they had previously been. 

In a statement Thursday morning, the administration noted it was reimposing the policy under duress, saying that “Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas has repeatedly stated that MPP has endemic flaws, imposed unjustifiable human costs, pulled resources and personnel away from other priority efforts, and failed to address the root causes of irregular migration.” 

The Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and State outlined the plan to restart the program Thursday morning, saying it would begin after Mexico also announces the agreement. 

A migrant caravan of roughly 2,000 people from Central America and the Caribbean left the Mexican city of Tapachula near the border of Guatemala early this week, following other groups that have already left the area heading toward the U.S. border. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For U.S. officials managing the reinstatement of the Remain in Mexico policy and other matters that relate to America’s immigration policies. 
  • For Secretary Mayorkas and the others as they work through speeding up the processing of asylum claims while still paying close attention to the nation’s security and legal policies. 
  • For the president and members of Congress as immigration reforms are discussed.

Sources: Washington Examiner, The Hill, Newsweek 


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