Posted on January 28, 2022

Biden Admin Enrolled Fewer Than 300 Migrants in ‘Remain in Mexico’ in December

Adam Shaw, Fox News, January 26, 2022

President Biden’s administration enrolled fewer than 300 migrants in the restored Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) in December, according to Department of Homeland Security data.

The program, known as “Remain in Mexico,” sees migrants returned to Mexico as their hearings proceed instead of being released into the U.S. It was set up in 2019 by the Trump administration as part of its efforts to end “catch-and-release.”

The Biden administration abolished it soon after entering office, but a federal court ruled it did so unlawfully, and ordered the administration to reestablish the program — which it did starting Dec. 6.

The administration has said it intends to abolish the program by a different route, but will comply with the court order in good faith. {snip}

However, the new numbers from DHS show that there were 267 migrants enrolled in the program in December, with no migrants from Northern Triangle countries. {snip}


A DHS spokesperson confirmed to Fox that enrollments in the program began on Jan. 19 in the sector, with migrants being returned to Mexico via the Brownsville port of entry. {snip}

The DHS spokesperson noted that DHS “has repeatedly sought to terminate MPP.”