By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
In an apparent reversal of its previous stance, the administration of leftist Mexican President Andrés Manual López Obrador (AMLO) has seemingly struck a deal with the Joe Biden administration to reinstate the remain-in-Mexico policy as of next week.
The U.S. Border Control announced Thursday, Dec. 2, that the Mexican government had agreed to the policy that requires undocumented asylum-seekers to await their hearings in U.S. immigration courts outside the United States.
Starting as early as Monday, Dec. 6, Mexico will accept the migrants under the policy first instated by former U.S. President Donald Trump in January 2019.
The remain-in-Mexico policy was reactivated by a court order following a lawsuit by Texas and Missouri after Biden suspended it on his first day in office a year ago, leading to a flood of undocumented migrants into the United States.
About 70,000 migrants were forced to await their hearings in Mexico under the Trump administration.
Now, thousands more migrants are expected to be returned at border crossings in San Diego, California, and El Paso, Laredo and Brownsville, Texas, starting Monday.
According to the new agreement hashed out between the Biden and AMLO administrations, all migrants subject to the policy will be vaccinated by the U.S. government against covid-19 infections, with adults receiving the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and children eligible under U.S. guidelines receiving their first Pfizer vaccine before being repatriated. Those minors will receive a second vaccine when they return to the United States for their hearings.
The United States also agreed to try to process all asylum-seeker cases within 180 days.