It looks as though Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program has been a huge success thus far, with 60,000 migrants that have already been returned to Mexico.
From the Daily Caller:
When DHS chief Chad Wolf visited the border earlier this week, according to Cuccinelli, officials within Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and in United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) all called Remain in Mexico an “overwhelmingly useful, helpful, successful” program.
Remain in Mexico, which is also known as Migrant Protection Protocols, requires asylum seekers who crossed through Mexico to reach the southern border to go back and wait in Mexico while their claims are processed through the U.S. immigration court system — a process that could take months. The program is ultimately designed to mitigate fraud as it prohibits asylum seekers from escaping into the interior of the U.S. before their claims are adjudicated.
Cuccinelli said the program, which was launched in January, has sent roughly 60,000 migrants back to Mexico.
“This is not just for people seeking asylum. It is also for people who’ve crossed the border illegally and they’re essentially on what we call a ‘detained docket.’ It means they are not going to be released until their case is heard, and so they’re waiting in Mexico as well,” he said.
“It’s been phenomenally successful, phenomenally helpful and really we need Mexico to maintain it and expand it,” Cuccinelli continued.
Of course there are many who are not a fan of the program, like NPR for instance, because it means that all of the migrants who illegally cross the border aren’t given their own free lawyer, paid for courtesy of the United States:
Several dozen Central American migrants crossed the U.S.-Mexico border again, this time escorted by federal agents to an El Paso, Texas, courtroom as part of an unprecedented effort by the Trump administration to control migration.
During a hearing last week, the judge asked the migrants one by one if they had a lawyer. Nearly all of them said, “No.”
That’s not unusual. More than 6,000 migrants who came to the United States to ask for asylum have been sent back to Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, to wait for their day in U.S. immigration court under the “Remain in Mexico” program. But only about 20 of them have lawyers, according to human rights groups and attorneys who work with the migrants.
Remain in Mexico is a key part of the Trump administration’s plan to turn back a crush of migrants at the southern border, and it’s a historic shift in how the asylum system works.
A positive note is that even though many of the liberal outlets are critical of the program, they are still reporting some facts that show how amazingly successful it has been.
Even CNN had some good things to say:
Administration officials have credited the program with helping decrease the number of migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border.“The men and women of CBP, ICE, and USCIS have been clear over the past two days – MPP works and is a game changer in addressing the ongoing border crisis. Great job by all who are helping make this program stronger,” said acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf in a tweet Friday.