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USCRI Statement on DHS’ New Migrant Protection Protocols Termination Memo

By USCRI November 1, 2021

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) commends the Biden administration and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas for drafting a new memorandum justifying its decision to end the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). MPP is a policy that has endangered thousands of asylum seekers by forcing them to stay in dangerous Mexican border towns while their asylum cases are adjudicated. The new memorandum is an important first step to restoring asylum access and protecting vulnerable migrants from inhumane immigration policies. However, while the memorandum is one necessary part of ending MPP, USCRI urges the administration to also file a motion to vacate the court ruling that has prevented the program’s termination. In so doing, the administration will demonstrate its commitment to restoring asylum and observing migrants’ basic human rights to seek safety in the United States.


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