Why did the Biden administration, last month, once again ask Mexico for permission to restart the Remain in Mexico program? Writing at Just Security, former DHS deputy counsel Tom Jawetz has 3 guesses:

  • The administration wanted Mexico to issue a public statement of opposition, which it did.
  • Some in the administration actually want to restart Remain in Mexico.
  • The administration actually believes that a Texas court’s December decision compelled them to reopen talks with Mexico—which, if true, would put a single judge in Amarillo, Texas in charge of foreign policy.