The United States is set to reintroduce a controversial immigration law in the Trump administration. That law forces immigrants to wait in Mexico for a U.S. immigration hearing. Officials from the United States and Mexico provided the information, citing a U.S. federal court ruling Thursday, local news agency Reuters reported.
Democrat leader Biden has been under pressure in his first year to change some of the tougher immigration policies adopted by Republican predecessor Donald Trump. Many immigrants are still being arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border.
A U.S. federal court judge recently ruled that Biden did not follow Trump’s immigration policy. The judge ordered the policy reinstated in August. The United States says it will have to wait for the Mexico Agreement before reintroducing the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).
U.S. officials told reporters Thursday that immigrants would be asked if they feared persecution or torture in Mexico before joining the program and if they had access to legal representation.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has called for the closure of the Trump-era project, saying it puts asylum seekers at risk. UNHCR Representative Matthew Reynolds said in a statement: “The policy announcements are not enough to address fundamental concerns.”
Trump has taken reckless steps to impose tougher immigration rules in the United States, which has been shaped by mass immigration. He made the whole system hostile, sometimes with executive orders, sometimes with strict provisions of the immigration law.
After coming to power on January 20, President Biden took the initiative to take positive steps on immigration. But before that he has to fight to get out of the hostility of Trump’s time. Wherever he is going to take action on immigration issues, he has to deal with the rules that were changed under Trump. Biden has been hampered by changes in the ongoing immigration process before a comprehensive law can be enacted.