After Biden recently ended Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which had drastically reduced asylum fraud by keeping migrant aliens in Mexico while they awaited their asylum hearings in the United States, DHS announced that it would begin processing the 25,600 migrants in the program on February 19.
Ultimately, the migrants will be released and enter the U.S. interior.
Internal DHS communications reveal that DHS plans to release the migrants in San Diego, El Paso and Brownsville, Texas; however, the Biden administration refused to reveal specific locations to the Associated Press when asked.
In San Diego, DHS plans to process and release about 300 migrants a day within two weeks of February 19. The same will be done in El Paso. In Brownsville, DHS will process and release no more than 100 migrants a day.
DHS officials stated in a news release last week that the Remain in Mexico migrant aliens “will be tested for COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] before entering the United States.” However, internal communications gleaned from DHS do not make mention of any plans to require coronavirus testing for migrant aliens.
Currently, DHS is releasing thousands of border crossers into the U.S. without requiring that they undergo any coronavirus testing whatsoever. White House press secretary Jen Psaki also seemingly confirmed that DHS is releasing border crossers without test requirements.
Once Remain in Mexico migrants are released into the US, DHS does not have any follow up plans in place to track them. Instead, these migrants will be mixed in among all other border crossers and illegal aliens who have been released into the U.S. interior while awaiting asylum and immigration hearings.
The orders to release Remain in Mexico migrants into the U.S. interior came from top officials at DHS, mainly deputies of Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and directly from the White House.
The Biden administration has surged the release of border crossers into the U.S. interior since restarting the Catch and Release program. In the first 10 days of February, DHS released at least 2,000 border crossers into the country. For comparison, in December 2020 before Remain in Mexico ended, DHS had released just 11 border crossers.
Federal immigration agents have also had to deal with an influx of Haitian illegal aliens after DHS canceled deportation flights. The move has crowded federal facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border as agents are being ordered to release the Haitian illegal aliens into local communities.
DHS officials did not respond to a request for comment at the time of this article’s publication. ✪