Published On: Fri, Aug 20th, 2021

West Virginia Sues Biden Administration Over Refusal to Restart Remain in Mexico Policy

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West Virginia on Thursday sued President Joe Biden’s administration, alleging its refusal to restart the Trump era policy known as Remain in Mexico will lead to an increase in drug trafficking. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on June 1 officially ended the policy, concluding it was “not the best strategy for implementing the goals and objectives of the Biden-Harris Administration.” In practice, the administration halted the program the day Biden took office. When he ended it, Mayorkas failed to consider the impact it would have on efforts to stop drug smuggling, including the smuggling of fentanyl, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey alleged in the new lawsuit. Morrisey said he sent a letter to Mayorkas detailing the concerns in June but never heard back, triggering the legal action. “Ending the Remain in Mexico policy will undoubtedly lead to an increase in illegal drug trafficking and thus senseless deaths from fentanyl,” …

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