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H.R. 1259: REMAIN in Mexico Act of 2021

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President Joe Biden suspended the policy on his first day in office.


In December 2018, the Donald Trump administration announced a new immigration policy, officially called the Migrant Protection protocols (MPP) but popularly nicknamed ‘Remain in Mexico.’

Previously, asylum seekers arriving in the U.S. through the southern border with Mexico were permitted to remain in the U.S. while the American legal system processed their cases. Under the new policy, they had to remain in Mexico instead — even if they had no connection to Mexico. Indeed, the first person ever affected by the new policy was a man named Carlos Gómez Perdomo from Honduras.

The Biden administration ended the policy on its first day in office, and in February resumed processing the approximately 25,000 active asylum cases …

Sponsor and status

Matthew Rosendale Sr.

Sponsor. Representative for Montana At Large. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 23, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Feb 23, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Feb 23, 2021

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100 Cosponsors (100 Republicans)

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Congressmen Biggs & Rosendale Collect Signatures to Force Vote on the REMAIN in Mexico Act
    — Rep. Andy Biggs [R-AZ5] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 22, 2021

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 10.22.21
    — Rep. Morgan Griffith [R-VA9] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 22, 2021

Congressmen Biggs & Rosendale Introduce Resolution to Force Vote on REMAIN in Mexico Act
    — Rep. Andy Biggs [R-AZ5] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 27, 2021

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Feb 23, 2021

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