Mexico is threatening a decision from the Supreme Court which ruled the Biden administration must reimplement former President Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy. While the Supreme Court ruled Trump’s Title 42 migrant protection protocol (MPP) must be re-implemented as the country continues to struggle with the Coronavirus, it depends on the agreement from Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who seems to be dragging his feet.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Although the court ordered the government to reinstate the Remain in Mexico program, the United States cannot do so without cooperation from Mexico, explained Theresa Cardinal Brown, the managing director of immigration and cross-border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center think tank in Washington.
“They have to be willing, and that’s what the Biden administration told the court in its latest declaration — is that, ‘We’re working on it. We’re setting everything up to do it.’ But Mexico has to say ‘yes’ and Mexico hasn’t said ‘yes,’” Brown said. “They’re having lots of discussions with DHS before they say ‘yes,’ and there are going to be lots of conditions on it.”
The DHS is already working on contracts to rebuild tent facilities where immigration proceedings can take place in the U.S. Court documents related to the MPP suit indicate that the U.S. has forked up $14 million and plans to spend an additional $24 million per month to set up tent courts where judges will hear asylum cases.
“They’re saying that they’re going to start [to] implement it in November, but the fine print says, ‘As long as Mexico agrees,’” said Mark Morgan, a former senior official performing the duties of Customs and Border Protection commissioner, during a Senate roundtable on Oct. 20. “I’m skeptical, and I don’t think it’s actually going to happen to any full force like we did under the Trump administration.”
The Biden administration has struggled to contain the border crisis and has often attempted to blame Mexico for the crisis.