FAST FIVE: Paging Maddow: Biden Admin Reaches Deal To Restart Trump's 'Inhumane' Remain In Mexico Policy
The resuscitated policy – which Biden called “dangerous and inhumane” during the 2020 campaign – is in response to an order by a federal court in Texas that ruled the current administration's attempts to wind down the program were unlawful.
The policy, formally called the Migrant Protection Protocols, was introduced by former President Donald Trump in 2019 at the height of a surge in Central American families coming to the US border.
For instance, we have not been treated to any of this throughout 2021 even though the situation at the border has been utterly horrific for migrants and other asylum seekers:https://t.co/f2NWeIyIIT – Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 2, 2021 The reason I quickly built a large readership when I began writing about politics in 2005 was so many Dems loved my work denouncing the civil liberties abuses of Bush/Cheney.
According to the Journal, “US officials stressed that they have made many changes to the Remain in Mexico program to make it safer for migrants-changes they said Mexico had demanded as conditions to restart the program.” Migrants will be given time to consult with US-based lawyers before being sent back to Mexico and will receive screenings to ensure they don't have a “reasonable fear” of returning to the country.
The categories of migrants exempted from the program will also be expanded to include elderly migrants, those with physical or mental disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender migrants, who could face discrimination in Mexico.