The Department of Homeland Security stated late Monday that it would end the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as "Remain in Mexico," and begin to welcome illegal aliens waiting in Mexico back into U.S. communities after a federal court removed the last remaining hurdle.
On Monday, Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk lifted his federal injunction after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that DHS had the authority to end the effective asylum program.
When it was first implemented, 'Remain in Mexico' was designed to return aliens caught illegally crossing the southern border to Mexico to wait for their immigration court hearings, rather than being released into the U.S. and disappearing forever into local communities.
The program was exceptionally effective at rooting out frivolous asylum claims and denying aliens a foothold in the country that served as a magnet for future surges in illegal immigration, like what's been seen under President Biden.
The Washington Times reports:
The department said Monday it will immediately stop ousting people under MPP, and said the several thousands who'd been ousted under MPP in recent months will be welcomed back when they show up for their next appointments — though they remain under threat of deportation.
"As Secretary Mayorkas has said, MPP has endemic flaws, imposes unjustifiable human costs, and pulls resources and personnel away from other priority efforts to secure our border," the department said in a statement announcing the move.
When Judge Kacmaryk placed his injunction on DHS's plans to lift the asylum program, he cited that U.S. immigration law calls for aliens to be detained or released under rare circumstances; in the cases where neither was possible, the judge said U.S. law required the aliens to be returned to Mexico.
Judge Kacsmaryk's decision was initially held-up by an appeals court ruling. Still, it was overturned by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling led by Chief Justice Roberts, who said that Congress made the return of the illegal immigrants to Mexico optional.
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Updated: Tue, Sep 27th 2022 @ 1:59pm EDT