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“Remain in Mexico” policy to be reinstated

December 2, 2021

~ 4 minutes read

On Thursday, several news outlets reported that U.S. and Mexican officials reached an agreement to re-implement “Remain in Mexico.”

 

Under this immigration policy, “individuals arriving in or entering the United States from Mexico—illegally or without proper documentation—may be returned to Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceedings.”
What else is each side focusing on?
  • The courts have forced the Biden administration to reimplement the Trump-era policy. 
  • Seeking asylum is a human right.
  • This is President Trump’s policy. 
  • Biden wants to end this policy. 
  • Biden is extending policies he criticized in the past.
The Narrative

This is a horrendous, racist policy which is being forced on the Biden administration by a right-wing judge. 

The policy violates the human right to seek asylum and puts people at risk while they await a decision.

The left has incorrectly branded the Remain in Mexico policy as Nazi-like or racist. This policy keeps America safe, allowing us to properly vet people before they enter our country to ensure we don’t admit criminals. 

The Biden administration should not receive any credit for reimplementing this policy because they would rather have reopened the border.

How could a reasonable person come to think this?
  • Immigrants are an asset to American society.
  • Asylum seekers are looking for a better life for themselves and their families, away from poverty and violence.
  • People who seek asylum deserve to be treated with humanity and respect.
  • America has lost control over its border and the immigration system, which poses a threat to Americans. 
  • This policy is one important step to rebuild a working immigration system. 
  • To some on the right, excessive immigration also poses a threat to American society. 

What else is the left focusing on?

  • The courts have forced the Biden administration to reimplement the Trump-era policy. 
  • Seeking asylum is a human right. 

 

The narrative: This is a horrendous, racist policy which is being forced on the Biden administration by a right-wing judge. 

The policy violates the human right to seek asylum and puts people at risk while they await a decision. 

 

How could a reasonable person come to think this?

  • Immigrants are an asset to American society.
  • Asylum seekers are looking for a better life for themselves and their families, away from poverty and violence.
  • People who seek asylum deserve to be treated with humanity and respect. 

What else is the right focusing on?

  • This is President Trump’s policy. 
  • Biden wants to end this policy. 
  • Biden is extending policies he criticized in the past. 

 

The narrative: The left has incorrectly branded the Remain in Mexico policy as Nazi-like or racist. This policy keeps America safe, allowing us to properly vet people before they enter our country to ensure we don’t admit criminals. 


The Biden administration should not receive any credit for reimplementing this policy because they would rather have reopened the border. 

 

How could a reasonable person come to think that?

  • America has lost control over its border and the immigration system which poses a threat to Americans. 
  • This policy is one important step to rebuild a working immigration system. 
  • To some on the right, excessive immigration also poses a threat to American society.  

Our view on immigration more broadly influences how we process new information about immigration policies.

  • To those who view immigration as a threat to national stability, it’s obvious that this policy protects US citizens.
  • To those who view immigration as an asset to the country, it’s obvious that this policy unnecessarily keeps vulnerable people in dangerous situations. 

 

Big picture: Though the left and the right generally agree that immigration policies need to be revised or reformed, they often have very different ideas of what those reforms should look like.

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