On Tuesday, a federal judge placed a temporary restraining order on the Biden administration’s effort to end the controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy.
The policy is commonly known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). It was approved by the Trump administration in 2019 and requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearing.
U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton in Texas issued the order. It prevents the Biden administration from ending the policy while a legal challenge against it is pending. The lawsuit was filed by Texas and four other states, arguing that ending the policy would harm their communities.
The Biden administration had proposed ending the policy on February 19th. However, the state lawsuits caused the Department of Homeland Security to delay the move. The restraining order puts a hold on the administration’s plans for now, but the legal battle will likely continue.
‘Remain in Mexico’ policy has been heavily criticized by immigration advocates, arguing that it puts asylum seekers in danger as they wait in Mexico. Human rights groups indicate that the policy prevents asylum seekers from accessing legal counsel and puts them at risk of violence and exploitation.
Although the policy has been challenged in court multiple times, it has been upheld. The Biden administration has argued that it’s inhumane and intends to end it. But the restraining order issued by the judge shows that the policy will remain for some time.
The legal battle is likely to continue, but the “Remain in Mexico” policy remains in effect for now.