I gather President-elect Biden didn’t want hordes of illegal immigrants banging on the door as he took the oath of office.
According to the Washington Examiner:
Department of Homeland Security officials were stunned at President-elect Joe Biden’s decision not to rescind President Trump’s border policies on his first day in office.
“My first response was this was, you know, a broken promise to the American people that I’m actually glad is happening,” acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan told the Washington Examiner in a phone call Tuesday.
“If you walk back a network of policies and initiatives that have been implemented under the Trump administration, you will create a new crisis, you will create new pull factors, you will re-incentivize individuals to come here illegally,” he said.
Last week, the Biden transition team announced it would not immediately gut the Remain in Mexico program, which requires asylum-seekers at the southern border to live in Mexico for several months while they await appearances in U.S. immigration court. Biden promised 11 months ago that he would end the program, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, on his first day in office on the basis that it was unfair to migrants.
The Trump White House imposed the MPP in early 2019 so as not to have to detain in the United States families that seek asylum at the border.