Wednesday, January 8, 2020

‘An Extremely Effective Tool’: DHS Expands Remain In Mexico Program For Asylum Seekers

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The Department of Homeland Security announced an expansion of the Migrant Protection Protocols program Thursday, placing migrants who reach the Arizona border under the program’s direct purview.
DHS is processing asylum seekers who reach the Arizona border for return to Mexico to wait out their court proceedings, the department announced in a press release. The news marks the latest expansion of the Migrant Protection Protocols program, also known as “Remain in Mexico,” which requires tens of thousands of asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims are adjudicated in the U.S. immigration court system.
This marks the first time the department will send migrants who reach Arizona’s Tucson Sector directly back to Mexico. Previously, DHS transferred them to El Paso, Texas, and from there to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Chad Wolf, the acting DHS secretary, has consistently hailed Remain in Mexico as a successful program that is helping control the immigration crisis.
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“MPP has been an extremely effective tool as the United States, under the leadership of President [Donald] Trump, continues to address the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at the border,” Wolf said in a Thursday statement. “The Department is fully committed to the program and will continually work with the Government of Mexico to expand and strengthen it. I am confident in the program’s continued success in adjudicating meritorious cases quickly and preventing fraudulent claims.”
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