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Biden ‘Remains in Mexico’ to the dismay of many

On October 15, 2021, the Biden administration announced its decision to reinstate Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy to take effect in November.  The policy requires migrants to remain in Mexico pending their asylum hearings.  Earlier this year the Biden administration terminated the policy. Then the states of Texas and Missouri sued, the federal court ordered the reinstatement of the program and the Supreme Court declined to stay the decision.

Following the “Remain in Mexico” reinstatement announcement, White House officials met virtually with dozens of immigration advocates.  The advocates “walked out” of the meeting in protest. “I think they're afraid of the backlash of anti-immigrant groups, and we'll continue to remind them that that backlash will exist regardless of what they do,” said Luis Guerra, a 32-year-old strategic capacity officer at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network who walked out of the meeting. “We don't actually believe they're doing everything in their power to actually restore asylum at the border, the way that they say that they're trying to."

In addition to the “Remain in Mexico” decision, immigration advocates are also alarmed with the continued us of Title, 42, a public health order used under Trump to expel migrants at the border over concerns about Covid-19.  POLITICO covered the immigration advocates meeting with the White House.

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