Washington.- US President Joe Biden will begin returning asylum seekers to Mexico next week under a re-established Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program, following an order from a federal judge, Axios reported. Wednesday.
However, the Biden Administration will offer them the option of receiving a Covid-19 vaccine, the news outlet reported.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry and its National Migration Institute did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
At the end of last month, a memo from the Department of Homeland Security showed that the administration had made a new attempt to end the immigration program started under then-President Donald Trump, which forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for the hearings in American courts.
The Biden administration first ended the program, informally known as “Remain in Mexico” but formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, earlier this year.
But a federal judge ordered the government to restart it, stating that the Administration had not followed the proper regulatory procedure.
In August, the US Supreme Court rejected an Administration appeal from the lower court ruling.
Officials said in late October that the Administration would continue to take steps to restart the program in mid-November, to comply with the judge’s decision.