WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Aug. 8 it was set to end, “in a quick and orderly manner,” a Trump-era policy that keeps claimants asylum out of the country while they wait for immigration courts to hear their cases.

The Biden administration has fought legal hurdles since its first day in office to end migrant protection protocols, commonly known as “Remain in Mexico,” created in late 2018 by the Trump administration and implemented in January 2019.

Since then, under the MPP, people seeking asylum at U.S. border crossings — or between ports of entry after crossing — have received paperwork and scheduled a hearing for an asylum claim, then been invited to return to the Mexican side to wait for the end of the process. .

But many immigrant supporters said it put people at risk as cartels near the border attacked them and they faced kidnapping, extortion, assault and, in some cases, rape. as they struggled to survive each day in dangerous border towns.

Official figures show that under the scheme, 70,000 people have been forced to wait in Mexico, the majority of them from countries such as Venezuela and Nicaragua, both of which are experiencing political and economic turmoil. DHS said registrants will be allowed entry on their next scheduled court date.

But even if they do enter, there is no guarantee that they will be allowed to stay. It just means they can wait for the process to finish in the US

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the MPP has “endemic flaws, imposes unjustifiable human costs, and diverts resources and personnel from other priority efforts to secure our border.”

DHS reiterated that it still enforces Title 42, a health measure that took effect during the coronavirus pandemic and was enforced by the Trump and Biden administrations.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has said in the past that the provision is intended to bar “the entry of certain persons who pose a potential risk to health, either because they are subject to previously announced travel restrictions, or because they entered the country illegally to circumvent health concerns.” screening measures.

The most recent DHS press release on the end of the MPP said “persons encountered at the Southwest border who cannot establish a legal basis to remain in the United States will be deported or deported.”

Catholic organizations have repeatedly protested the Biden and Trump administrations over both measures.