SAN ANTONIO — The Biden Administration is poised to restart a controversial immigration policy, which forces asylum seekers to remain south of the border while their claims are processed.
It was back in August that the Supreme Court ordered the White House to comply with a lower court’s ruling and reinstate the Trump-era policy.
About 70,000 asylum-seekers have been subject to the “Remain in Mexico” policy, which President Donald Trump introduced in January 2019 and Biden suspended on his first day in office. A federal judge sided with the states of Texas and Missouri by ordering the Biden administration in August to reinstate the policy “in good faith.”
There has been a growing call to revive the policy after thousands of Haitian migrants showed up at the Texas border. Immigration rights groups have labeled it as counterproductive.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ended the policy in June after a review, saying it achieved “mixed effectiveness.”
Illegal border crossings fell drastically after Mexico, facing Trump’s threat of higher tariffs, acquiesced in 2019 to the policy’s rapid expansion