Former President Donald Trump criticized the Biden administration for ending the “Remain in Mexico” initiative, saying President Joe Biden “doesn’t want America to be a nation at all.”
“Joe Biden is the first American President who doesn’t want America to be a nation at all,” Trump said in an emailed statement Wednesday, in reference to Biden’s immigration policies.
“Remain in Mexico, also known as MPP (Migrant Protection Protocols), was not only a historic foreign policy triumph but one of the most successful border security programs anyone has ever put into effect anywhere,” Trump said.
“No American President had ever done more to defend the border and safeguard the whole immigration system,” he added.
The MPP was the cornerstone of Trump’s immigration policies, something he claims, “along with our Central America Safe Third agreements, asylum reforms, and expedited removal procedures,” helped drive immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border to “record lows.”
In the email, Trump criticized Biden for creating “the greatest border disaster in history” and accused him of allowing “cartels, criminals, and coyotes” to run the border.
“The Biden Administration inherited the most secure border in history, and they turned it into the greatest border disaster in history. Our border is now run by cartels, criminals, and coyotes. Illegal immigrants, gang members, and lethal drugs are pouring across like never before. Not only are illegal immigrants being caught and released, they are being put up in hotels at taxpayer expense,” he wrote. “Our country is being destroyed before our very eyes.”
The former president said Biden’s “disastrous decision to formally end the Remain in Mexico policy is proof that their objective is to eliminate the U.S. border entirely and flood the country with so many illegal aliens that every community is overwhelmed.”
The policy, which forced potential asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico as their cases were pending in immigration court, ended on Tuesday, the Biden administration said.
Democratic Reps. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Nanette Diaz Barragan, chairwoman of the Homeland Security subcommittee on border security, facilitation, and operations, applauded the decision.
“This policy was a stain on our nation’s history and our longstanding tradition of protecting refugees and asylum seekers,” the duo wrote in a joint statement Tuesday.
“Despite Republican efforts to misrepresent U.S. asylum law and smear those fleeing violence and seeking asylum, we must remember that it is completely legal to come to the U.S. border and seek asylum. While the process has been underway to dismantle MPP and bring asylum seekers in the country, more still needs to be done to help those hurt by the policy and we look forward to working with the Administration on those efforts. We must ensure we have a just and humane asylum processing system,” they added.