A federal judge ordered the Biden administration late Friday to revive a key immigration policy established by former President Donald Trump that President Joe Biden canceled.
Upon entering office in January, Biden reversed many of Trump’s deterrent immigration policies. Biden had promised to take such action, arguing Trump’s policies “waged an unrelenting assault on our values and our history as a nation of immigrants.”
One of the first Trump-era policies that Biden suspended was known as “Migrant Protection Protocols.” The policy forced migrants seeking asylum to wait in Mexico while U.S. immigration courts settled their case.
By forcing migrants to wait in Mexico, Trump’s policy essentially prevented “catch and release,” where migrants claiming asylum in the U.S. would be released into the U.S. general population while immigration courts decided their fate. Many of those released would then go on to live in the shadows.