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Mexico announces the end of ‘Remain in Mexico’ 2 months after U.S. began wind down

By Kendal Blust
Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 1:32pm
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Mexico has announced that the so-called “Remain in Mexico” program is coming to an end. The immigration policy implemented under the Trump administration allowed the U.S. to send tens of thousands of asylum seekers back to Mexico to await U.S. court proceedings.

In August, the Biden administration announced that it would begin winding down the Migrant Protection Protocols program, also known as MPP or “Remain in Mexico.” Now, Mexico has confirmed that it will no longer participate in the controversial policy.

In a statement Tuesday, the foreign ministry said that while the policy is ending, Mexico will guarantee the protection of those still waiting in the country as the program winds down.

However, the U.S. and Mexico recently expanded another border restriction known as Title 42. Initially implemented by the Trump administration during the pandemic, it allows the U.S. to block migrants from entering the country. It has been used to keep people from Mexico, Central America and Haiti from entering the U.S. Now it's being used to send Venezuelan asylum seekers back to Mexico, where they are being given just days to leave the country.

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