Mayorkas issues memo repealing Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy

DHS publishes a four page memo signed by Mayorkas to the respective heads of the sub-authorities dealing with migrants and asylum seekers, as well as a longer document Statement of the reasons for terminating the policy.

A court rejected President Joe Biden’s first attempt to thwart the policy, and the government subsequently announced preparations to resume enforcement in the face of the ruling – outrageous activists and Democrats who believe the policy is deeply immoral and contrary to international law .

Earlier this month, a cadre of supporters hosted a virtual goodbye to a meeting with top officials in the Biden government to protest their decision to continue certain of the former president’s immigration policies, including MPP.

Mayorkas stated in the memo that the DHS “is following the district court order in full,” although the division continues to challenge it in court and is now attempting to formally resolve it.

The DHS announcement on Friday afternoon comes exactly a month after the department announced it would issue a new memorandum to end the policy in a way that would better meet legal requirements. At one point the Biden government was considering a revised version of MPP, but Mayorkas said he was against the idea.

“After carefully examining the arguments, evidence and perspectives of those who are in favor of the reintroduction of MPP, those who are in favor of ending the program, and those who have advocated continuing the MPP in a modified form, I have decided that MPP should be terminated, “Mayorkas said in his memo.

Mayorkas acknowledged that the policy “likely contributed to lower migration flows” but imposed it through “significant and unjustifiable human costs” for those who had to reside in Mexico while their applications were being processed.

“Significant evidence suggests that individuals awaiting trial in Mexico under the MPP have faced extreme violence and insecurity from transnational criminal organizations that have profited from exploiting migrants’ vulnerabilities,” the memo said.

The memo states that the change will take effect immediately, but it is sure to face additional legal challenges such as the one that foiled the previous attempt to repeal.

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