Dec 16, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Judge pauses Biden's plans to end "Remain in Mexico" policy

Families with children live in tents the Movimiento Juventud 2000 shelter with refugee migrants

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A federal judge in Texas on Thursday put the Biden administration's attempt to end the Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" program on hold.

Driving the news: U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk is pausing the White House's attempt to end the program while litigation continues.

The big picture: The Trump administration implemented the Migrant Protection Protocols program in early 2019, when border crossings exceeded 100,000 per month.

  • It forced tens of thousands of asylum-seekers to wait out lengthy U.S. immigration court processes in Mexico, Axios' Stef Kight and Oriana Gonzalez.
  • Representatives for the Biden administration did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

By the numbers: Roughly 70,000 migrants were impacted under the Trump administration.

Catch up quick: In June, the Supreme Court said the Biden administration had the authority to end the program despite objections from Republican-led states.

  • But the court sent the case back to Kacsmaryk to consider whether the rollout of October 2021 memo complied with administrative law, CNN writes.
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