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'Remain in Mexico' policy for migrants to resume next month

Robert Besser
19 Oct 2021, 08:46 GMT+10

SAN DIEGO, California: The Biden administration will return to a Trump-era border policy in which migrants will have to remain on the Mexican side of the border as they await word as to whether they will be allowed into the United States.

However, the Mexican government has asked that procedures be put in place and are being discussed between the two countries.

Mexico has also asked for exemptions for "particularly vulnerable populations" and better notification on locations and times of day that asylum-seekers are returned to Mexico.

President Donald Trump introduced the "Remain in Mexico" policy in January 2019. President Joe Biden suspended the policy on his first day in office.

Later, the states of Texas and Missouri successfully sued to have the policy reinstated. In August, a federal judge ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the policy.

Illegal border crossings fell sharply after the policy was put in place and later expanded in 2019.

Mexico has said that it has concerns about asylum-seekers getting fair treatment in court under the policy, as well as having access to legal counsel and remaining safe.

"Mexico will continue discussions with the U.S. executive branch, with the aim of achieving a regional migration policy that is safe, orderly and regulated," the Mexican government said.

Meanwhile, Illegal border crossings have set new records since Biden took office, including about 15,000 predominantly Haitian migrants crossing at Del Rio, Texas.

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