Joe Biden asks Supreme Court to end anti-immigration policy set up by Donald Trump

The program called “Staying in Mexico” refers asylum seekers in their country during the examination of their file. The Biden administration had repealed it, but it had been restored following the request of a Texas court.

Le Monde with AFP

Joe Biden wants to finish with the legacy of his predecessor. After several judicial reversal, the Biden administration requested, Wednesday, November 29, to the Supreme Court to intervene to put an end to the migration policy put in place by Donald Trump, which consists of referring asylum seekers to Mexico during the examination of their file.

The Government of the Democratic President seized the High Court, with a conservative majority, to examine the decision of a court of appeal which ordered this month the maintenance of this program called “Staying in Mexico” , implemented in 2019 by the previous administration, according to judicial documents consulted Thursday by the France-Presse agency

When he arrived at the White House in January 2021, Joe Biden had hitherto to dismantle this controversial policy, officially called “Protocols for the Protection of Migrants” (PPM), but a Texas court had requested its recovery in August .

Humanitarian crisis

The United States has thus had to partially reactivate this policy, in agreement with Mexico, while challenging the decision with a federal court of appeal, without gaining cause.

This program “exposes migrants to unacceptable risks” and “undermines the Executive’s efforts to manage regional immigration,” says the text submitted to the US Temple.

Between January 2019 and December 2020, at least 70,000 asylum seekers, most of which are originally from Central America, were referred to Mexico as part of this program, creating a humanitarian crisis on this side of the border. , exacerbated by the pandemic, according to the American Immigration Council organization.

The United States faces a massive influx of migrants at their southern border. The Mexican authorities thus recorded more than 190,000 migrants this year between January and September, three times more than 2020.

/Media reports.