Tens of thousands of migrants are gathering on the Mexican side of the southern border, ahead of the Biden administration’s planned re-implementation of the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy which kept migrants in Mexico for their hearings.
Border Patrol sources told Fox News that as many as 60,000 migrants are amassing on the Mexican side and intend to enter the U.S. in the coming days, knowing that the Biden administration intends to re-implement the Trump-era policy next month in response to a court order from a federal judge that was upheld by the Supreme Court.
Migrants already coming across in La Joya, Texas were predominantly from Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala and included many unaccompanied minors and single mothers. One woman told Fox that the economy in her country was terrible and as a single mother she cannot afford to send her child to school.
“Remain in Mexico,” formally called the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), was established and expanded in 2019 by the Trump administration and involved sending migrants back to Mexico, rather than being released into the U.S., as their immigration proceedings were heard.
“That program alone resulted in a 75-80% reduction in families illegally entering the country. It closed that loophole down,” former acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan said at a roundtable this week.
Source: Fox News