US to Resume ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy for Migrants

Headline Roundup December 3rd, 2021

The U.S. and Mexico agreed Thursday to restart the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy as early as Monday.

The Biden administration previously ended the policy, but a federal judge in Texas ordered the policy’s renewal, and the Supreme Court upheld the ruling. The Department of Homeland Security said it would end the program again if another appeal, filed in August, was successful. Under the policy, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border were required to await their immigration hearings in Mexico. 

Coverage was somewhat more common in left-rated outlets than right-rated outlets. Some coverage in right-rated outlets focused on criticism of the policy’s reinstatement from hosts of “The View,” particularly a quote saying President Joe Biden “did break all of his campaign promises.” Update 12/3/21 5:29pm EST: Corrected the filing month for the Biden administration's additional appeal.

From the Left

Migrants seeking to enter the United States will again have to stay in Mexico as they await immigration hearings, as the Biden administration reluctantly announced plans Thursday to reinstate the Trump-era policy and agreed to Mexico’s conditions for resuming it.

Revival of the “Remain in Mexico” policy comes even as the Biden administration maneuvers to end it in a way that survives legal scrutiny. President Joe Biden scrapped the policy, but a lawsuit by Texas and Missouri forced him to put it back into effect, subject to Mexico’s acceptance.


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From the Right

The Biden administration announced Thursday that it is ready to re-implement the Trump-era "Remain-in-Mexico" policy in response to a court order to do so, after making changes to secure the agreement of the Mexican government – while still seeking to abolish the program entirely.

"As required by a federal court order, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been working in good faith to re-implement the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program," the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. "Today, in coordination with the Departments of State and Justice, DHS...

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From the Center

The Biden administration on Thursday plans to restart the "Remain in Mexico" program following a court order to reimplement the policy first launched under President Trump while it appeals the decision.

The rollout follows weeks of negotiations with Mexico over how to reimplement a plan that under the Trump administration saw as many as 70,000 migrants from across the globe pushed into refugee camps in border cities with no clear timeline for when they may be able to enter the U.S. for a hearing in their case.

The mass migration through Mexico...

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