The Biden administration officially ended former President Trump’s immigration policy “Stay in Mexico” this week.
The policy, officially known as protocols for the protection of migrants, was implemented in 2019 and required asylum seekers to stay on the Mexican side of the US border while awaiting immigration proceedings.
The policy has been criticized by progressives and immigration advocates for often forcing migrants to wait long periods of time in non-standard conditions, according to Axios, but Republicans like U.S. Representative Jim Jordan, Ohio, suggest its reversal will encourage more migrants to come to the border.
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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also fired President Biden for the move.
“Tough policies on illegal immigration work. That’s why we agreed remain in Mexico politics, “he tweeted.” Again, the Biden administration puts America last. “
In a statement, Trump called the program a “historic triumph of foreign policy, but one of the most successful border security programs anyone has ever implemented anywhere.” He claims that Biden “inherited the safest border in history and they have made it the greatest border disaster in history.”
Biden had a historic number of immigrants coming to the border, but Trump also faced jumps during his presidency, especially in 2019.
Dennis Bell, a spokesman for Amnesty International, called the policy “harmful and illegal” and applauded Biden for removing it, according to Border Report.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorca on Tuesday, announcing the end of the policy, said he had identified “mixed efficiency” and “had not improved adequate or sustainable border management in such a way as to justify the high operational burden of the program and other disadvantages. “Biden had commissioned a review of the program ‘s effectiveness.
He noted that border meetings increased and decreased at different times during the program.
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“During all this time, of course, tens of thousands of MPP participants lived with insecurity in Mexico, as court hearings were postponed indefinitely,” he wrote. “As a result, all the benefits that the program can offer are now far greater than the challenges, risks and costs it poses.” Asylum is legal under US law.
Biden began allowing asylum seekers in the United States in stages in February, according to Axios.
Vice President Kamala Harris, whom Biden is using to investigate the root causes of the border crisis, plans to visit Guatemala next week as the United States faces an influx of migrants since taking office. She has been criticized for not visiting the border.