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Biden abandons Trump's measures with immigrants .. and a Republican senator: a fatal mistake

The US administration has officially ended the immigration policy under former President Donald Trump that forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in US immigration court.

According to ABC, a memo by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas noted the end of the "immigrant protection protocols" known informally as "Remain in Mexico" that returned nearly 70,000 asylum seekers to Mexico from January 2019 until they were stopped on President Joe's first day. Biden took office two years later, which Biden promised during his presidential campaign.

Keeping the policy as is or modifying it "would be inconsistent with the vision and values ​​of this administration and would be a poor use of department resources," Mayorkas said. He said the costs would far outweigh any benefits.

Since February 19, about 11,200 people with active cases have been allowed to return to the United States to await a ruling, a process that can take years in the court system and the administration has not yet determined whether tens of thousands of people whose cases have been dismissed or dismissed will get another chance.

The top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee criticized the move as a "very big mistake" that would hamper efforts to limit the numbers of immigrants entering the United States. The situation on the border remains a political burden on Democrats.

"The common denominator of President Biden's ongoing actions is to unravel logical border security policies while putting our national security in limbo," Katko said in a written statement.