Biden administration officials are reportedly relieved that the conservative-leaning Supreme Court has reinstated former President Trump’s policies in Mexico amid an unprecedented number of migrants who have come to the southern US border in two decades since President Biden took office.
On his first day in office, Biden withdrew Trump’s controversial immigration rule, which he often labeled “inhumane.”
The policy forced migrants seeking asylum in the United States to wait for their cases to be heard in Mexico, quickly leading to overcrowded and miserable conditions on the southern side of the border.
The Biden administration has taken a more lenient approach to border enforcement than under Trump.
In addition to halting the construction of the border wall, Biden also established the Homeland Security Department to focus less on deterrence and punishment and more on orderly processing of immigrants.
Migrants walk in a caravan on their way to the United States on September 4, in Tapachula, Chiapas state, in southern Mexico. , local and federal infrastructure to unprecedented levels
National Migration Institute (INM) agents detain migrants during an operation to disband a caravan of migrants and asylum seekers from Central America and the Caribbean
Migrants who are part of a caravan pause on their way to the United States. Under a potentially renewed Remain in Mexico policy, a small number of asylum seekers would be forced to wait on the south side of the border
Biden’s swift rollback of some Trump-era immigration policies and scaled back presence along parts of the border are responsible for an influx of migrants that has strained customs and border protection and the infrastructure built to contain it.
Now, however, some in Biden’s circle see an opportunity to reshape Trump’s policies into something more humane while at the same time stem the flow of migrants into the country, the statement said. New York Times.
The new proposal has reportedly been dubbed “Remain in Mexico lite.”
Some migrants would have to wait in Mexico for their cases to be heard, but they would also be given access to better living conditions and trained lawyers, people familiar with the talks said. Politics.
In a 6-3 decision last month, the Supreme Court ruled that the Biden administration likely violated federal law by trying to end the measure, refusing to block a lower court’s ruling that the White House is “in good faith.” must make an effort to restart the program. .
The three liberal judges of the court disagreed.
The number of border crossings on the southern border has risen significantly since Biden took office, reaching a 21-year high of 212,672 in July.
The Department of Homeland Security said it “respectfully disagreed” with the ruling in a statement and promised to “firmly challenge” it.
But DHS officials made no attempt to explain how that would happen.
Now, however, the Biden administration is reportedly in talks with the Mexican government to try to work out the new policy — which officials hope will balance the court’s decision with the president’s progressive stance.
The report of a potentially revamped version of the Remain in Mexico policy has sparked anger among immigration lawyers who expected Biden to keep his campaign promise to withdraw it permanently.
“The answer isn’t simply to find a softer, kinder MPP 2.0. That goes completely against his promise,” Marielena Hincapié, director of the National Immigration Law Center, told Politico.
A senior adviser at Human Rights First told the outlet that the Biden government’s “constantly changing” policies have been a source of confusion and frustration for migrants and those trying to help them.
Biden officials worry that the massive influx of migrants under his supervision is at least in part due to his rapid rollback of Trump-era immigration policies in a short span of time
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last week that the program was not being carried out in a “moral way,” adding that it was also “inefficient” while also ostensibly promoting the administration’s return to Trump rule. excuse.
‘It led to a backlog in the system. And it’s essentially a program that we’re against, but we’re also following a court order,” she said.
It comes after the Dutch DPA released disturbing border data for July a few weeks ago.
More than 212,000 migrants were found by officials on the southern border that month, the highest number in 21 years.
The number is a 13 percent increase from June. There have been nearly a million reported border contacts under Biden’s supervision between February and July.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted there is a crisis at the border and policy needs to be changed in leaked audio of a private meeting with border agents in Texas last month.
“If our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose, and this is untenable,” he said in audio obtained by Fox News.
‘We can’t go on like this, our people in the field can’t go on and our system isn’t built for it.’
He told border agents at the leaked meeting “these numbers can’t go through.”
“We can’t get to a point where we were a few weeks ago, and we’re going to make sure that doesn’t happen,” the DHS head continued, apparently referring to July’s historic numbers.