Immigrants, many from Haiti, are seen wading between the U.S. and Mexico on the Rio Grande on Sept. 21, 2021. Julio Cortez/AP

The Biden administration announced it is reinstating the “Remain in Mexico” program initially started under the Trump administration as of Dec. 6. Formally known as the “Migrant Protection Patrols,” or MPP, the program makes asylum seekers at the United States southern border return to Mexico to wait for immigration court hearings.

With thousands of Haitians arriving in the U.S., the program is likely to affect them the most when it begins to transfer asylum seekers to Mexico from seven ports of entry in the U.S.

Asylum seekers will have to wait in Mexico for up to six months.

To view the full story, please subscribe to The Haitian Times. You can choose a $60 Annual Subscription or a $5 Weekly Pass.

When you join The Haitian Times family, you’ll get unlimited digital access to high-quality journalism about Haiti and Haitians you won’t get anywhere else. We’ve been at this for 20 years and pride ourselves on representing you, our diaspora experience and a holistic view of Haiti that larger media doesn’t show you. 

Join now or renew to get:
— Instant access to one-of-kind stories and special reports 
— Local news from our communities (especially New York and Florida)
— Profiles of Haitians at the top of their fields
— Downloadable lists and resources about Haitian culture 
— Membership merch, perks and special invitations 

First-time subscribers also receive a special welcome gift handmade in Haiti by expert artisans! Do it for the culture and support Black-owned businesses.

If you’re seeing this message but you’re already a subscriber, you can log in for immediate access to this story.

Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at or on Twitter @larisakarr.