DHS Formally Ends the “Remain in Mexico” Asylum Policy

In a memo to Department of Homeland Security agency leaders, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas formally ended the Trump administration’s  Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. Know as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, it would have Central American asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for their court case in the United States.

In January, the Biden administration suspended the MPP program. Following the Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans, DHS began a review of the program.

In formally ending the program, Mayorkas said it did not “adequately or sustainably enhance border management.”