Patrick made the remarks throughout an interview with Fox News anchor Invoice Hemmer on Monday. Patrick was discussing the Biden administration’s plan to reinstate Trump’s “stay in Mexico” coverage following a court docket order. The administration is planning to place the coverage, formally often called the Migrant Safety Program, again into impact in mid-November.
“What [Biden] must do is ask Donald Trump to return again and negotiate with Mexico for him,” Patrick stated. “As a result of he clearly can not negotiate his approach out of Afghanistan, he can not negotiate with points alongside the border. And Mexico discovered a solution to work with President Trump to ensure that we stored the MPP—the Migrant Safety Protocols—in place. And it was a constant coverage, Invoice, that helped cut back the circulate of individuals coming to this nation illegally.”
“And proper now we’re taking a look at over 1,000,000 folks apprehended this 12 months, which means in all probability one other 2 or 3 million have are available illegally,” he added. “It is uncontrolled on the border. And the president, by the best way, we won’t wait till mid-November—he wants to do that right now.”
The coverage requires migrants looking for asylum within the U.S. to attend in Mexico whereas their immigration court docket hearings are pending. Whereas operating for president in March 2020, Biden vowed to finish the coverage in a tweet that described it as “harmful, inhumane, and goes in opposition to the whole lot we stand for as a nation of immigrants.”
The Biden administration eradicated the coverage in June following an inside evaluate, with Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas writing in a memo that this system did “not adequately or sustainably improve border administration in such a approach as to justify this system’s in depth operational burdens and different shortfalls.”
A Trump-appointed federal decide ordered that the division make a “good religion effort” to reinstate this system in August, which was later backed by the Supreme Court. Though the administration is making ready for this system’s reintroduction subsequent month, it will probably solely go into impact with the approval of the Mexican authorities. Mexico has not but granted approval however has expressed a number of issues and steered that some provisions of the coverage ought to be modified.
Patrick steered that the Biden administration ought to enhance efforts to “safe the border” within the occasion that Mexico doesn’t grant permission for the coverage’s return. When Hemmer requested whether or not Biden would “strain Mexico Metropolis to get the coverage reinstated,” Patrick conceded that the president doubtless wouldn’t achieve this “except he brings Trump in to do the negotiation.”
A Quinnipiac College poll launched in late September discovered that solely 20 p.c of Texas voters approve of Biden’s dealing with of the usMexico border. Whereas 51 p.c of respondents to the identical ballot stated that the state’s Republican Governor Greg Abbott “does not should be reelected,” Abbott greater than doubled Biden’s border approval score at 43 p.c.
Newsweek reached out to the White Home for remark.