Mr. Biden was an incumbent Democrat was the only one to suspend the policy almost as soon as he began his election in line with a campaign promise to change the strict immigration policies of his predecessor. The policy was terminated in June. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was the first to end the program.
The program’s revival is a result of an August ruling by federal court judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee who concluded it was Biden’s administration had erred in canceling the policy. Biden administration had erroneously ended the program earlier in the year.
In response to questions about the reinstatement in the program on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that both presidents Biden and Mayorkas Mayorkas remain true to previous statements that described the policy as having “endemic flaws” with “unjustified human costs”.
“But we also believe in following the law,” she added.
The policy is being reformulated and includes new measures to take care of Mexico’s concerns regarding human rights regarding the policy. There is an exclusion for participation.
In accordance with the guidance of Mexico, The US will now offer Covid-19 vaccinations to migrants and also expand exemptions such as those who have mental or physical health problems. At Mexico’s request, the US was able to limit the amount of the period of time allowed on each asylum seeker.
The Mexican government has said that it is determined to ensure the safety and health of migrants.
The administration appeals Judge Kacsmaryk’s decision however, it was legally obliged to implement the ruling. Judge Kacsmaryk recognized that the law would only take effect with Mexico’s approval which led to a lengthy negotiation between Mexico and the United States.
Implementation is expected to start this week, with the first phase taking place to be implemented in El Paso and Brownsville, Texas in addition to San Diego, California.
The move was denounced by the pro-immigration Washington-DC-based American Immigration Council.
“We categorically reject the Biden administration’s claims that it can administer the Remain in Mexico program in a more humane manner,” the group stated in a statement. It added: “Today is a dark day for the United States and for the rule of law.”
They said that expanding the program to include immigrants of the Western Hemisphere – including non-Spanish speaking groups like Haitians Biden Biden “made the program even broader than under Trump”.