Deep Dive (Dec. 7): Biden Reinstates ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

President Joe Biden is again urging the Senate to pass his Build Back Better bill. He promotes the bill as a way to lower prescription drug prices—and lists three things the bill would do to make it happen: “First, we are going to cap cost sharing of insulin at $35 per month.” Second, Biden says the bill would help people get health insurance. He asks people to visit to see the options, some of which can cost less than $10 a month. And third, the bill would punish drug companies that increase prices with no oversight.

The “Remain in Mexico” policy has been reinstated after a federal court ordered the Biden Administration to do so. Migrants will now have to wait on the Mexican side of the border for asylum hearings in the U.S. Immigration court. A lawsuit filed by Texas and Missouri forced the Biden administration to reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” policy, also known as Migrant Protection Protocols. Under the Trump administration, illegal immigration decreased significantly when the policy was first implemented in 2019.

Tuesday marks the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visited the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., to mark the occasion. Some 2,400 service members and civilians were killed in Japan’s surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941. The president and first lady held a moment of silence in front of a wreath at the center of the memorial. The White House says it contained one wild sunflower, the state flower of Kansas, in honor of the late senator Bob Dole. The veteran, who died Sunday, was seriously wounded during World War II.

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