Matamoros, Mexico — It looked like a big defeat to President Biden when the Supreme Court effectively revived the cornerstone of immigration policy during the Trump era at the end of last month.
After all, Mr. Biden accused asylum seekers of waiting in Mexico as “inhumane” and was willing to dismantle former President Donald J. Trump’s toughest immigration policy. Suspended it on the first day of inauguration as part of its promotion. ..
But among some Biden officials, the Supreme Court’s order was quietly greeted with something other than disappointment, the current and former officials said: it provided some relief.
Prior to that ruling, Mr Biden’s move to begin loosening immigrant reins quickly overwhelmed the southwestern border of the United States, followed by a surge in northward movements. Immigration concerns hit a 20-year high in July, and authorities are concerned that they will continue until the fall.
There was already growing concern within the Biden administration that the rate of change in immigrants might have prompted the influx of immigrants into the United States, now and according to former officials.
In fact, some Biden officials have worked on immigration policy, but officials who are not allowed to speak publicly about the government’s internal debate on this issue have limited Mr. Trump’s policy to prevent immigration. He said he had already talked about reviving the nation. Then came the Supreme Court’s order to provide the Biden administration with political cover to somehow adopt the policy without causing much anger from Democrats who cursed Mr. Trump’s border policy.
Now officials say they have the opportunity to take a step back and come up with a more humane version of Mr. Trump’s policy, reducing the huge number of people arriving at the border.
Alan Bersin, Commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection under President Barak, said: Obama.
The policy at the heart of the case (generally known to stay in Mexico) overturned the central provisions of the country’s asylum system and quickly became one of the most controversial elements of Mr. Trump’s immigration agenda. became. Instead of allowing migrants to enter the United States while courts are evaluating their allegations, it has kidnapped thousands of asylum seekers, extortion and other reports of serious abuse in Mexico. I made you wait in a filthy camp.
After Mr Biden suspended policy, Texas and Missouri sued the administration, claiming that the influx of people “imposed a serious and ongoing burden” on the state. The Supreme Court refused to block the lower court’s ruling demanding the restoration of the program and forced the Biden administration to comply with it during the appeal process.
But the ambiguities in every corner of the Biden administration could fate the hope that the border crisis could affect Democrats in elections and push for a more important review of the country’s immigration and asylum system. It reflects a wide range of concerns.
“They are back in the corner of the broader immigration agenda,” said Doris Meissner, commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1993 to 2000, about the Biden administration. “The only tool available in the short term is almost pure enforcement.”
After taking office, Mr. Biden not only allowed immigrants to apply for asylum in the United States, but also refused to immediately expel unaccompanied children and moved to freeze deportation.
As immigrants surged to the border, Republicans attacked the new administration on multiple fronts, forcing the president to withdraw from major campaign promises and offending some of his bases.
Biden then relied on Mexico and Central America to strengthen his own border enforcement. However, that effort has not significantly constrained the flow to the north, leading to violent attacks on migrants by law enforcement agencies in those countries.
The administration tried to change the tone of welcome it had set early, but sent Vice President Kamala Harris to Guatemala in June to declare that the border was closed, but immigrants and smugglers held Mr. Biden’s term. Everyone says he remembers the encouragement cues sent at the beginning of.
“‘I heard the news that the United States has opened its borders,'” Abraham Barberi, a minister of the border city of Matamoros, told him what immigrants routinely say to him. Barbery turned his church into a shelter for immigrants as his mother and his toddler began to appear at his door shortly after Mr. Biden took office.
“The Biden administration said,’We’re going to accept people,'” Barberi told Zigzag between the thin mattresses that now cover the church floor. “At that time, everyone was flooded.”
Thousands of asylum seekers have been gradually brought into the United States after Biden’s end of Trump’s policy of forcing him to wait in Mexico, according to Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which is tracking migration data. rice field. But almost immediately, Mr Barberi said a new eruption of immigrants had emerged.
So Barberi packed dozens of bunk beds in a Bible school classroom and packed diapers, infant formula, and medicine on the shelves. “Many people will get stuck here,” Barbieri said if the policy of staying in Mexico was revived.
Among them is Marilyn Lopez, who fled her son and Honduras in 2019 after facing constant murder threats. When she arrived in Mexico, she said the hostages handed her to the armed men who held her hostage for months. After figuring out a ransom and finally reaching the border, she encountered two kidnappers in Matamoros, began to hide and was unable to appear on some of her asylum appointments, she said.
Under Mr. Trump, the United States allowed less than two percent of all applicants asylum under a policy of staying in Mexico, according to the Syracuse University Information Center. Most of those denied asylum, like Lopez, who was so afraid that he couldn’t walk around Matamoros, a city where the State Department warned Americans not to visit for “crime and kidnapping,” were in court. I missed the date.
In late August, Mr Lopez applied for another claim of protection after the Biden administration announced that it would resume some of these cases.
A few days later, Mr. Lopez received a text message from a UN representative in support of her petition. After the Supreme Court’s ruling, all proceedings were suspended while waiting for clarification.
“They killed all our hopes,” Lopez said. “The Biden government has promised a lot, and now we feel fooled.”
It’s not yet clear how the Biden administration will respond to the Supreme Court’s ruling, but US and Mexican officials say discussions have already begun on the implementation of a new version of Remain in Mexico.
In a statement, Roberto Velasco, Chief Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, said in a statement that the Supreme Court would not direct Mexico’s immigration policy to be “determined and implemented in sovereignty.”
Mexico recently proposed forming a working group with the United States, and Mr Velasco said “to control the anomalous flow seen by both countries.” He said Mexico would oppose any move to reopen the camp along the border. This is also a politically challenging move in the United States. When Dr. Jill Biden visited the Matamoros camp in 2019, she described it as tragic.
“I have witnessed the pain of refugees around the world, but seeing it at our borders felt like a betrayal,” said Dr. Biden. Said in a Twitter post After the visit, “This cruelty is …