The Trump White House is preparing the logistics necessary to return asylum seekers to Mexico while they await immigration-court hearings following a temporary lift on an injunction prohibiting the administration from acting.
The Daily Caller’s Grace Carr reports:
Staff at the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are preparing to enforce President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which returns asylum seekers to Mexico while they await a hearing. USCIS officials told staffers to ready themselves for enforcement of the policy, according to emails obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
The “Remain in Mexico” policy is intended to help immigration officials who face a growing crisis at the border. The policy has likely contributed to growing numbers of immigrants trying to cross the border illegally rather than through ports of entry, according to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The move comes after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California temporarily lifted an injunction preventing the administration from enforcing the policy. The temporary lift followed San Francisco Judge Richard Seeborg’s April 8 order for the administration to halt the deportation of asylum seekers, according to The Associated Press.
An internal memo referenced the 9th Circuit’s decision “that granted the government’s emergency motion for a stay of a lower court ruling that had blocked the policy,” or “Migrant Protection Protocols [(MPPs)],” reported the LA Times.
No asylum seekers have yet returned to Mexico due to the injunction.