President Joe Biden’s administration reinstituted former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” asylum policy Thursday, according to multiple reports. Biden once called the policy “dangerous” and “inhumane.”
“Remain in Mexico” requires asylum seekers to remain in their countries of origin throughout the asylum application process until their U.S. court date. Trump first implemented the policy in 2019, and Biden vowed on the campaign trail to dismantle it once he was in office. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas terminated the policy in June, and Biden had already suspended it on his first day in office.
“Donald Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy is dangerous, inhumane, and goes against everything we stand for as a nation of immigrants,” Biden said in March 2020. “My administration will end it.”
A federal judge in Texas overruled Mayorkas’ termination of the policy over the summer, ordering the Biden administration to reinstate the policy. After doing so, the Biden administration then took another crack at ending it in late October, only to reimpose a version of it on Thursday. (RELATED: Mexico Commits To Deporting Migrants To Their Home Countries)