The Biden administration is going to take another crack at ending former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” immigration policy after a federal judge and the Supreme Court allowed it to remain in effect.
The Department of Homeland Security released a statement Wednesday evening announcing its intent to issue a memorandum scuttling the policy known formally as the Migrant Protection Protocols.
A federal judge in Texas ruled DHS’ effort to end the program that requires people claiming asylum to wait out the process in their own countries violated the law and issued an injunction to stop the White House from ending it.
The Supreme Court last month turned down the administration’s request to block the judge’s order.
“A new memorandum terminating MPP will not take effect until the current injunction is lifted by court order. In issuing a new memorandum terminating MPP, the Department intends to address the concerns raised by the courts with respect to the prior memorandum,” DHS said in the statement.
“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,” it continued.
DHS also said it and the State Department are involved in “high-level diplomatic discussions” about the policy.
President Biden reversed and rolled back a number of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, including “Remain in Mexico,” in the early days of his administration.
The Republican attorneys general of Texas and Missouri sued, as suspension of the program would result in a surge of illegal immigrants coming to the US.
Since rolling back the policies, the Biden administration has scrambled to curb the record smashing influx of illegal immigrants at the border.
Earlier this month, in one instance, more than 14,000 Haitian migrants traveled to the US border, walked into the country unobstructed, and camped out under an international bridge in Del Rio, Texas, for more than a week as they waited to be processed.
The administration deported some of them to Haiti, but DHS Secretary Alejando Mayorkas admitted on Sunday that more than 12,000 of the illegal immigrants have been released in the US.