Biden administration to restart Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

Source: NBC News

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will restart the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy as early as Monday following a deal with the Mexican government, according to senior administration officials.

The policy, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, requires migrants seeking asylum to wait outside the United States for their immigration court hearings.


At Summit, U.S., Canada and Mexico Will Address Migration

Source: The New York Times

President Biden will host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico at the White House on Thursday, a diplomatic mission that seeks to find accord amid trade scuffles, accusations of American protectionism and ongoing concerns over a surge of migration toward the U.S.-Mexico border.

The return of the summit after a five-year hiatus during the Trump administration signals an increased appetite among North American leaders to show a sense of strategic and economic solidarity amid a rise in competition from Asia and Europe.


Trump’s Pentagon Chief Quashed Idea to Send 250,000 Troops to the Border


Source: The New York Times

President Trump’s defense secretary thought the idea was outrageous.

In the spring of 2020, Mark T. Esper, the defense secretary, was alarmed to learn of an idea under discussion at a top military command and at the Department of Homeland Security to send as many as 250,000 troops — more than half the active U.S. Army, and a sixth of all American forces — to the southern border in what would have been the largest use of the military inside the United States since the Civil War.


Biden administration says it will again try to end Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

Source: Politico

The Biden administration is taking another shot at ending the contentious Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy after a federal judge ruled in August that the president’s move to end the program violated the law.

The Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday evening that it planned to issue a new memorandum in the coming weeks terminating the policy, which requires many asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while they await hearings on their requests for safe haven in the U.S.


Biden must revive Trump-era Remain-in-Mexico program after Supreme Court ruling


Source: CBS News

The Supreme Court issued an order late Tuesday declining to stop the revival of a Trump-era border policy that requires asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are reviewed by U.S. immigration judges.

The high court’s conservative supermajority denied the Biden administration’s emergency request to continue the suspension of a federal judge’s order that requires U.S. border officials to reinstate the so-called “Remain-in-Mexico” program.


Federal appeals court denies Biden administration request to halt order reviving ‘remain in Mexico’ policy


Source: CNN

A federal appeals court denied the Biden administration’s request to pause a lower court order requiring the revival of a controversial Trump-era border policy forcing migrants to stay in Mexico until their US immigration court date.

The policy, informally known as “remain in Mexico,” was put in place in 2019 and marked an unprecedented departure from previous protocols. An estimated 68,000 migrants were returned to Mexico under the policy — often to squalid and dangerous conditions.


Asylum Seekers With Disabilities Challenge Trump Admin’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy in New Lawsuit


Source: Yahoo! News

In pigtails and a bright red letterman jacket, Carmen looks just like any other 7-year-old girl. But she suffers from a rare brain disorder called lissencephaly, and can experience seizures at any moment.

Up until about two months ago, Carmen and her mother Jenny, asylum seekers from Honduras, lived in a makeshift refugee camp in Matamoros for a year, an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande river across the border from Brownsville, Texas. Despite official guidelines to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that anyone with “known physical/mental health issues” are exempt from the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), otherwise known as “Remain in Mexico,” a policy that keeps asylum seekers in Mexico throughout the duration of their legal proceedings, they are still being forced to wait in Mexico for their case to be heard.


Election 2020: What the US presidential election could mean for trade with Mexico


Source: Freightwaves

The outcome of the U.S. presidential election could affect the nation’s trade relations with Mexico for years to come — impacting everything from Mexican produce imports to border infrastructure spending to the cross-border trucking industry.

With less than a week to go, trade analysts and business experts discussed hot-button issues between the U.S. and Mexico, as well as U.S. relations with Canada and China.


US legislators complain to Trump on Mexico energy policy


Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

MEXICO CITY — Standing in front of a reopened coal-fired power plant, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Saturday defiantly rejected complaints by a group of 43 U.S. lawmakers about government policy favoring state companies in the energy market.
Six U.S. senators and 37 representatives wrote this week to President Donald Trump complaining about “actions by the government of Mexico that threaten U.S. energy companies’ investment and market access and undermine the spirit of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement” that went into effect this year.


Supreme Court to review Trump’s border wall funding and ‘remain-in-Mexico’ program


Source: The Washington Post

The Supreme Court on Monday said it would take up two challenges to President Trump’s immigration initiatives, his diversion of military funds to pay for construction of the southern border wall, and a policy that has required tens of thousands of asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their claims are processed.

The Trump administration had asked the court to intervene in both because of decisions against it in lower courts.