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U.S. Begins Returning Migrants to Mexican Border City Under Rebooted Trump-Era Policy

The program first resumed in December at the international crossing connecting El Paso, Texas, to Ciudad Juarez. More than 200 people have been returned to Mexico so far under the relaunch of MPP, according to the U.N.’s International Organization of Migration (OIM).
U.S. begins returning migrants to Mexican border city under rebooted Trump-era policy
Migrants from Central America queue for food during a traditional Mexican Christmas celebration known as Posada, at the Embajadores de Jesus migrant shelter in Tijuana, Mexico December 15, 2021. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes

Reuters

The United States on Wednesday began returning migrants to the Mexican city of Tijuana in an restart of a Trump-era program that forces asylum seekers to wait for U.S. court hearings in Mexico, Mexican authorities and the U.N. migration agency said.

The United States and Mexico last month agreed to relaunch the controversial scheme known as Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), in keeping with a U.S. federal court order.

U.S. President Joe Biden, a Democrat, has struggled to reverse many hardline immigration policies put in place by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump.

Biden ended MPP soon after his inauguration in January as he sought to pursue what he called a more humane approach to immigration. But a federal judge ruled Biden’s move did not follow proper procedure, and in August ordered MPP reinstated.

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