Posted on February 8, 2023

Mexico Rejects Any Effort to Reinstate ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy for Asylum-Seekers

Armando Garcia and Quinn Owen, ABC News, February 7, 2023

Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday it rejects any effort to reimplement the controversial Trump-era policy known as “remain in Mexico” for asylum-seekers.

The policy, officially named the “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP), requires some asylum-seekers to be sent back to Mexico during immigration proceedings.

In December, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk halted the Biden administration’s latest attempt to end the program while a legal challenge, launched by Texas and Missouri aimed at forcing its reinstatement, is considered in court.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said, after the judge issued the stay, U.S. authorities notified them of their intention to restart the program.

“Regarding the possible implementation of this policy for the third time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Government of Mexico, expresses its rejection of the U.S. government’s intention to return individuals processed under the program to Mexico,” the statement said.

In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Biden administration had the legal authority to end the program, but it remanded the decision of whether the original memo that detailed how the program would end complied with administrative law to Judge Kacsmaryk’s court.

“Remain in Mexico” was first developed and implemented by the Trump administration in 2019 and has been billed has a deterrent to preempt invalid asylum claims. {snip}


Biden campaigned on the promise to end the program, which he called “inhumane.”


A DHS spokesperson told ABC News that it would continue to fight MPP’s reimplementation in court.