Carlos Gimenez Wants to Codify Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Immigration Policy

Last week. U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., introduced the “Migrant Protection Protocols Act” which would change the “Immigration and Nationality Act to codify the Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, which ensured migrants were returned to Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceedings and were given a notice to appear in an immigration court instead of being let loose in the country.”

Gimenez introduced the bill on Thursday and offered his reasons for championing the proposal.

“Under the Trump administration, the Remain in Mexico policy forced the Mexican government to be a reliable partner in stemming illegal migration throughout the region by forcing Mexico to enforce its own border protection with the rest of Central American countries. The policy worked. The policy made sense. Our communities and our families were safer because of it,” he said before turning his fire on the Biden administration.

“The weak and gutless decision by the Biden administration to reverse the Remain in Mexico Policy incentivizes Mexico to pass its border security responsibilities to the United States rather than dealing with the influx of migrants from Central and South America at the Mexican border,” Gimenez added. “Right now, the vast majority of migrants seeking asylum from their home countries are not actually from Mexico, but rather, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and even countries such as Cuba, Haiti, and beyond. If the true intent of these migrants is to seek refuge from brutal regimes and harsh living conditions in their home countries, then it would make sense for them to apply for asylum in Mexico rather than engage in the dangerous and treacherous journey to the United States.”

U.S. Reps. Ted Budd, R-NC, Kat Cammack, R-Fla., Madison Cawthorn, R-NC., John Rutherford, R-Fla., and Chris Smith, R-NJ, are co-sponsoring the proposal.

“The Supreme Court’s decision to end the Migration Protection Protocols was a devastating blow to our border and national security. One of the only remaining tools at our agents’ disposal, the border crisis will only worsen without the necessary steps taken to safeguard MPP and its demonstrated success. I’m glad to join Rep. Gimenez and my colleagues in enshrining MPP into law and returning law and order to the southern border with this important change,” said Cammack.

“As a member of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, I am focused on protecting our national security and promoting fair and effective immigration policies. The President’s open border policies are making our communities less safe, and the reinstatement of catch-and-release has allowed hundreds of thousands of migrants to be released all over the United States. The Migrant Protection Protocols Act will reaffirm our commitment to national security and public safety by giving us time to vet migrants before allowing them into the country,”said Rutherford.

FreedomWorks is also backing the proposal which was sent to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. So far, there is no companion measure over in the U.S. Senate. With Democrats in charge of both chambers of Capitol Hill, the measure is not expected to gain much momentum.

Kevin Derby
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