These orders by the administration dictate that asylum seekers be sent to Mexico as they wait for their case to make its way through the courts.
The president and his administration consider this the answer to so-called “catch and release,” in which migrants were allowed the live in the United States as their case was adjudicated. But advocates and critics say that the people who have been “returned” to Mexico are left vulnerable to dangers in border towns.
The courts blocked the administration’s attempt to hold migrant families indefinitely. This ruling also blocks the administration’s attempt to allow immigration officials to deport migrants without them having their case go to court.
This comes from an upcoming book, Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration. The book claims that Stephen Miller, then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, then-Customs and Border Protection chief Kevin McAleenan, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Jared Kushner, and other senior administration officials were present at the meeting where the president made his suggestion.