Biden to continue Trump 'Remain in Mexico' asylum policy

Joe Biden's administration is taking steps to restart by mid-November a program begun under his predecessor Donald Trump that forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for the US court hearings after a federal court deemed the termination of the program unjustified.

Iran PressAmerica: The Biden administration is prepared to reimplement the Trump-era border policy known as 'Remain in Mexico' in mid-November if the Mexican government agrees to accept the return of asylum-seekers to its territory, administration officials said.

In August, a US District Court in Texas ordered the Biden administration to restart MPP, faulting the White House for ending the program improperly. The Supreme Court upheld the decision, forcing Biden officials to restore a policy the president has deplored as inhumane.

The Trump administration used MPP to return more than 60,000 asylum-seekers across the border to Mexico, requiring them to wait outside US territory as their claims were processed in US courts. Trump officials conceived the policy as a way to prevent border-crossers from being released into the United States.

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