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U.S. inks deal to restart "Remain in Mexico" policy for asylum seekers
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FILE PIC: It expects to begin sending migrants back to the country beginning on Monday while their asylum claims are considered. /Getty Images

FILE PIC: It expects to begin sending migrants back to the country beginning on Monday while their asylum claims are considered. /Getty Images

The Biden administration has reached an agreement with Mexico to restart a controversial Trump-era immigration policy known as Remain in Mexico, according to U.S. officials. 

It expects to begin sending migrants back to the country beginning on Monday while their asylum claims are considered.

The policy, formally called the Migrant Protection Protocols, was introduced by former President Donald Trump in 2019 at the height of a surge in Central American families coming to the U.S. border.

After the policy was introduced, border crossings fell precipitously. But migrants sent back to Mexico faced a range of dangers, including assault, kidnapping and murder, according to reports from human-rights groups and internal reports produced by the Department of Homeland Security.

The administration of President Joe Biden, who vowed to undo some of the hardline immigration policies of his predecessor, Donald Trump, ended MPP. The scheme makes asylum seekers wait in Mexico for hearings before U.S. immigration judges.

But a federal judge ordered the administration to restart the program, saying it had failed to follow proper regulatory procedure. The U.S. Supreme Court in August rejected an administration appeal against the lower court's ruling.

(With input from agencies)

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