USCRI Welcomes DHS’ Announcement to Stop Enrolling Individuals in the “Remain in Mexico” Program

By USCRI August 10, 2022

On August 8, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would no longer enroll people in the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico” program, a policy that required asylum seekers at the southern border to stay in Mexico while awaiting a U.S. immigration court hearing. Individuals currently in MPP in Mexico will be disenrolled when they return for their next scheduled court date.

“This is the beginning of getting the U.S. asylum system back on track,” USCRI CEO and President Eskinder Negash said. “We expect the Administration to follow through on this announcement and to issue specific guidance immediately.”

The DHS policy change came after a U.S. District Court lifted the injunction that required DHS to reimplement MPP. The policy aligns with a recent Supreme Court ruling, which held that the Administration’s decision to terminate MPP did not violate federal immigration law.

MPP has deprived thousands of individuals of the right to apply for asylum and basic human rights, forcing them to live in desperation along the southern border.

USCRI will continue to advocate for asylum seekers and for much-needed improvements in the U.S. asylum system, including the end of Title 42, which would fully allow the benefits of terminating MPP to take effect.

USCRI, founded in 1911, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit international organization committed to working on behalf of refugees and immigrants and their transition to a dignified life.

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