Joe Biden will delay complying with a court order until Mexico endorses the previous Trump administration’s immigration policy.
The Biden administration refuses to immediately act on a Supreme Court order to restart the “Remain in Mexico” policy in November. The federal government blames Mexican authorities for failing to agree with the policy and openly show support.
“They are saying they are going to start [to] implement it in November but the fine print says, ‘As long as Mexico agrees,'” former U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief operating officer Mark Morgan said according to the Washington Examiner.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) previously announced it is taking “necessary steps” to comply with the court order, which requires reimplementing the program in “good faith.”
“[However,] Mexico is a sovereign nation that must make an independent decision to accept the return of individuals without status in Mexico as part of any reimplementation of [the program,]” DHS said at the time.
The remarks came despite Donald Trump’s success in enlisting Mexico’s support for the same policy. The previous president reached an agreement after repeatedly threatening the nation’s southern neighbor with closing the U.S.-Mexico border and other economic consequences.
Biden did not resort to any major diplomatic pressure tactics at the time of publication. This is despite a new caravan of more than 6,000 people traveling from Mexico towards the southern U.S. border.
The court ordered DHS to reinstate Migrant Protection Protocols back in August 2021. The program requires migrants, who illegally crossed the border or present themselves at ports of entry, to stay in Mexico until receiving a judge’s subpoena to state their case to U.S. immigration authorities.
Biden suspended the “stay in Mexico” policy soon after being sworn into office at the beginning of the year.
The states of Texas and Missouri sued the current administration to reinstate the immigration policy, after the border crisis worsened. This legal action provided successful.