Biden admin to expand phased entry of migrants forced to stay in Mexico

“Beginning next week, after registering virtually and being tested for COVID-19 at staging sites in Mexico, approved individuals with active (Migrant Protection Protocol) cases will be processed at the Hidalgo, TX port of entry,” the department said in a statement, adding that processing will also start in Laredo, Texas, thereafter.

The effort is specific to migrants who fall under the so-called remain in Mexico policy. Three other locations have already been allowing the entry of migrants under the program…

The Biden administration has since estimated that some 25,000 migrants still have active cases. That group will be eligible for the first phase of the rollback. The administration started the gradual entry of migrants at three ports of entry — in San Diego and in El Paso and Brownsville, Texas — last month.