Mayorkas Doubles Down on Terminating Trump Policy

( – Former President Donald Trump’s “Return to Mexico” policy, officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), represented a significant effort to manage the surge of asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border.

From a Republican perspective, this policy was a pragmatic approach to a complex issue, aiming to ensure that America’s immigration system was orderly and lawful. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’s support for the Biden administration’s decision to end this policy has been met with criticism from those who view the MPP as a necessary tool for controlling illegal immigration.

Mayorkas recently doubled down on the decision to terminate that Trump-era policy.

Mayorkas’s Defense of Ending Trump’s Immigration Policy

On February 11, 2024, Alejandro Mayorkas appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he defended the Biden administration’s stance on discontinuing the MPP. Mayorkas argued that the policy was inconsistent with the administration’s goals addressing border security and immigration.

Host Kristin Welker asked Mayorkas if he regretted the administration’s decision to terminate Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy. He defended it by claiming that there was an increase in the number of encounters at the nation’s southwest border of nearly 100% year-on-year after the MPP was implemented.

Welker followed up by asking Mayorkas if he would consider reinstating the policy in light of the mounting border crisis. He dodged the question by listing various stumbling blocks.

For instance, he said Mexico had publicly articulated its intention to refuse to agree with the re-implementation of the MPP. He also pointed to past court challenges.

The Rationale Behind the “Return to Mexico” Policy

Established in January 2019, the MPP was introduced as a response to the overwhelming number of asylum claims that had placed a significant strain on US immigration resources. The policy required individuals seeking asylum at the southern border to remain in Mexico while their claims were adjudicated in the United States.

Supporters of the MPP argue that the policy was effective in reducing the flood of migrants attempting to enter the United States illegally and alleviating the burden on immigration courts. By requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico, the policy aimed to discourage individuals from making the perilous journey to the border based on the false premise of easy entry.

The decision to end the MPP has been a point of contention, with Republicans arguing that it signals a shift towards more lenient immigration policies that could incentivize illegal immigration.

The debate over the “Return to Mexico” policy underscores the complex challenges law-abiding Americans face with the realities of the Biden administration’s failed immigration policy. Republican lawmakers point out that the MPP was necessary to control border crossings.

The termination of the MPP by President Joe Biden and Mayorkas raises concerns about the future of border security and the harm created by his administration’s failure to address the realities of migration and border security.

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