FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2021
Hispanic Federation Condemns Supreme Court Ruling Requiring Biden Administration to Reinstate Trump’s Remain in Mexico Policy
WASHINGTON—Hispanic Federation President and CEO Frankie Miranda condemned yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling mandating the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) comply with a lower court decision to reinstate the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), known as the 'Remain in Mexico' policy. Hispanic Federation has previously opposed the MPP program, calling it legally flawed, dangerous, and punitive.
“The MPP program was used by the Trump administration to force tens of thousands of asylum seekers fleeing violence, persecution, and climate disasters to live in dangerous and inhumane tent cities on the Mexican side of the border while waiting for months to have their asylum applications heard,” Miranda said. “The Biden administration was right to end this cruel and inhumane program and the Supreme Court is dead wrong to allow a Trump-appointed judge to force the administration to reinstate it.”
Particularly troubling is the fact that the Supreme Court previously issued a stay on a lower court ruling preventing the Trump administration from implementing the MPP program, deferring to the president’s wide latitude to implement immigration and foreign policy. Now, with a new president in office, the court’s majority is reversing its precedent and allowing a conservative judge to dictate the re-imposition of harsh immigration policies.
“We urge the Biden administration to avoid reimplementation of this horrible policy,” Miranda said. “It will take time for the administration to negotiate with Mexico, which wanted the program to end and is under no obligation to agree to its reinstatement. During that time, Homeland Security can provide additional reasoning for terminating the program and the Justice Department can pursue its appeal.”