Rep. Zeldin Statement on Biden Administration Ending “Remain in Mexico” Policy
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s decision to issue a new memorandum terminating the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), often called the “Remain in Mexico” policy:
“President Biden and his administration’s feckless leadership, statements and policies have created a massive, full blown crisis at our southern border that continues to spiral out of control. We’ve now seen six straight months of more than 170,000 border apprehensions, and there have been more than 1.2 million border apprehensions since Biden took office. That number is higher than any single year since at least 2006. The Biden Administration is now revoking one the most effective remaining policies for keeping illegal immigrants out of the United States even after the Department of Homeland Security warned of the possibility of as many as 400,000 illegal border apprehensions in October alone. Real leaders tackle problems head on, not deliberately seek opportunities to make it worse to pander to far-left activists.”
The “Remain in Mexico” policy requires those who have been apprehended for crossing the border illegally to stay in Mexico while they await hearings on their requests for safe haven in the United States. The policy prevents those who have been apprehended at the border from traveling further into the U.S. and never returning for proper processing and their scheduled court dates. In August 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision forcing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to keep MPP in place. DHS Secretary Mayorkas announced this week the Administration’s intention to issue a new memorandum rescinding MPP as soon as the Court’s injunction is lifted.