New York, NY - Today, President Joseph R. Biden officially reimplemented the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) or Remain in Mexico program. In October, reports broke of the White House’s plans to re-start the controversial program. Initially a policy of President Trump, MPP sent roughly 70,000 people fleeing persecution to unsafe areas of Mexico while they awaited their hearings. The reinstatement of the policy comes after a ruling in October by a Texas district court ordered the Biden administration to “reinstate MPP in good faith.” Legal experts decried the court’s failure to examine critical facts and the clear humanitarian impact of MPP.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
“By continuing the Remain in Mexico Policy, President Biden breathes new life into one of the Trump administration’s most horrifying and cruel immigration policies. This President decried the awful human cost of our border policies not long ago. But now, President Biden is doing little to reform and rebuild our current immigration system. The previous administration's relentless and racist attacks on asylum seekers nearly decimated the country's asylum system. This White House must fulfill its campaign promises and signal its commitment to human rights. The New York Immigration Coalition calls on DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and President Biden to terminate MPP immediately. There is no need for one more family to suffer.”