Texas and Missouri File Lawsuit Against Biden for Revoking 'Remain in Mexico' Policy
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Texas
Texas and Missouri have filed a lawsuit against the White House for the decision to revoke President Donald Trump's “remain in Mexico” policy not long after Joe Biden entered office.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Texas alleging Biden halted the Migrant Protection Protocols enacted by Trump.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said Biden's decision to revoke the policy has led to the current border crisis.
Paxton said in a statement:
“President Biden could immediately remedy the influx of crime pouring across our border by reinstating the Migrant Protection Protocols.
“Dangerous criminals are taking advantage of the lapse in law enforcement, and it’s resulting in human trafficking, smuggling, a plethora of violent crimes, and a massive, unprecedented burden on state and federal programs for which taxpayers must foot the bill.”
“We cannot allow this lawlessness to destroy our communities any longer,” Paxton said.
“President Biden must act.”
Trump introduced the MPP in December 2018, which required border officials to return asylum seekers back to Mexico while they waited for an appearance in immigration court.
But not long after Biden was sworn in on Jan. 20, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would cease enrolling immigrants in the MPP program.
Before the MPP program, tens of thousands of illegal immigrants were released into the United States before completely disappearing.
Trump's policy solved the problem until Biden took office.
Missouri and Texas also accused Biden of worsening the border crisis and allowing human traffickers to benefit from his policies.
Schmitt said in a statement:
“The blame for the current crisis at the Southern border should be laid squarely at the feet of President Biden and his administration."
“President Biden’s failure to control the massive influx of migrants — an influx invited by his lax policies — has opened the floodgates to human trafficking that will have lasting effects on Missouri and the United States and puts our nationally-recognized efforts to fight human trafficking in jeopardy,” Schmitt said.
In March alone, Border officials encountered 172,000 migrants at the border, a 71 percent increase from February.
The data is just the latest indicator of the extent of the crisis at the southern border, but one that Biden officials are trying to blame on the Trump administration.
The majority of the 172,000 migrants encountered were single adults, the data shows.