Court Shouldn’t Force Resumption of ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy: Biden Administration

The Biden administration in a new court filing says it should not be forced to resume a policy that forces some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims are decided. It would be “nearly impossible” to revive the program, which was launched in the Trump era, in the time period given by a federal judge last week, David Shahoulian, assistant secretary for border security and immigration at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said in a filing. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee, said on Aug. 13 that the Biden administration’s annulment of the program on June 1 violated federal law because Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas did not consider some of its primary benefits. Kacsmaryk, in an order stayed for seven days, said the U.S. government must enforce the policy, formally known as the Migrant Policy Protocols, until it is lawfully rescinded in compliance with federal …

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