‘Remain in Mexico’ Program Struggles to Get Restarted

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President Biden was so quick to reverse everything that Trump did that he didn’t bother to look at the legalities – or the ramifications. As a result, we have more illegal immigration than we’ve had in decades, and it’s all because of the Biden administration’s hate for Donald Trump.

The ‘Remain in Mexico’ program was designed to reduce the number of migrants at the border until they were properly processed. Yet, Biden thought it would be a good idea to ditch that program, too. It was one of the first things that Biden suspended – and it immediately led to lawsuits from both Texas and Missouri.

In June, Alejandro Mayorkas, the DHS Secretary, issued a memorandum that permanently terminated the program.

In August 2021, the courts ruled that the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program should have never been stopped – and that the Biden administration needed to relaunch it ASAP. Mayorkas only did so by starting in two sectors: San Diego and El Paso. Though, the statistics showed that there weren’t many migrants being enrolled in that program.

Why? The administration believes that they are above the law. They took their time reinstating the program, and it still isn’t where it needs to be. There has been excuse after excuse, and meanwhile, the immigration problem continues to grow out of hand.

The Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ program, also known as the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) affected around 70,000 migrants during the Trump administration.

Right now, the Department of Homeland Security is returning around 10 migrants a day back to Mexico – clearly, it has a lot of work to do.

The enforcement of the MPP needs to expand the program throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

In December 2021, only 267 migrants were enrolled in MPP. Meanwhile, there were 53,000 migrants arrested during the month. These were migrants from all over Central America – Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

Clearly, the message of “don’t come” still hasn’t resonated with residents of these countries, and that means that Kamala Harris still isn’t doing her job.

There’s a question that Mayorkas still hasn’t answered. If there were 25,000 Venezuelan migrants apprehended by Border Patrol agents in the month of December, how come only 59 were returned to wait in Mexico under the MPP program?

During the Trump administration, December 2020 showed a very stark difference. There were 7317 migrants from Central America that were arrested, and 20 percent were returned. The remaining were returned under other protocols – and all of those protocols have since been canceled by the Biden administration as well.

Mayorkas issued a memorandum in October that showed that he’s more concerned over migrant safety than the overall safety and integrity of the U.S. He still believes that the MPP should be terminated and said that “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.”

Perhaps if Harris just did her job by letting everyone know that migrants are not welcome in the U.S. at this time, there would be fewer people trying to make it across.

The slow restart to the MPP program has also been a contention with border patrol agents. They are feeling overwhelmed and know that Mayorkas has been dragging his feet.

Chris Cabrera, the VP of the National Border Patrol council sums it all up beautifully. “Here, we have a proven program that greatly reduced illegal crossings and the administration is acting like it is something new and needs a pilot program.”

It’s further proof that the Biden administration really has no desire to expel illegal immigrants from the country.