The MPP are an egregious attack on asylum seekers and asylum law, inhibiting due process for many vulnerable populations. Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center denounces the MPP and is actively fighting for those affected by the harmful policy.

‘this is the new ellis island, and we are turning people away’: a lawyer struggles to help migrants

Thank you to Zoeann Murphy from the Washington Post for joining us and accurately reporting on the work we do.

Las Americas is still fighting against Remain in Mexico.

Buzzfeed News May 2019

Buzzfeed News
May 2019

They Were Told 45 Days. Now Asylum-Seekers Are Being Forced To Wait Up To A Year In Mexico.

I. Borrales felt stuck. He was nearly $4,000 in debt in a foreign country, and worried about feeding his family back at home. The first chance to plead his case in court was nearly nine months away.

The 34-year-old father of three, who asked that his full name not be used, had hoped to seek asylum in the US, but was instead sent back to the Mexican border city Ciudad Juárez to wait until February 2020 to see an immigration judge.

Los Angeles Times May 2019

Los Angeles Times
May 2019

Pregnant women, other vulnerable asylum seekers are returned to Mexico to await hearings

When Enma Hernandez crossed the Rio Grande here illegally about two weeks ago and approached Border Patrol agents seeking asylum, she told them she was eight months pregnant.

Hernandez, 26, said she had fled Guatemala hoping to join her husband and 2-year-old daughter in Miami. Instead, U.S. immigration officials returned her to Ciudad Juarez under the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.

Texas Tribune May 2019

Texas Tribune
May 2019

Appeals court lets Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy for asylum seekers stand

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday the controversial White House policy known as “Remain in Mexico” can continue while litigation over the policy plays out in federal courts.

The policy, officially called Migration Protection Protocols, requires some Central Americans who are seeking asylum in the United States to wait in Mexico for their immigration hearings.

U.S. sending asylum seekers to Mexico while awaiting court ruling, in some cases ignoring own protocols

While a federal appeals court weighs the Trump administration’s policy of sending asylum seekers back to Mexico to await court hearings in the United States, the government appears to be ignoring its own protocols for who it should send back across the border.

The guidelines for the Migrant Protection Protocols program — also known as Remain in Mexico — preclude government officials from sending people with “known physical/mental health issues” back to Mexico.

Texas Tribune May 2019

Texas Tribune
May 2019

Migrants on border face confusion and fear under "remain in Mexico" policy

Some asylum seekers sent to Mexico under the Trump administration's Migration Protection Protocols told a U.S. judge Thursday that they fear remaining in Mexico as their asylum claims are pending.

El Paso immigration attorneys say 'Remain in Mexico' policy hurting their clients

Different immigration attorneys in the borderland have to travel back and forth between El Paso and Juarez to see their clients. They're afraid that may go against laws in Mexico since they're licensed in the U.S.

The borderland immigration council say they want to see an end to the current migrant protection protocols, also known as the "Remain in Mexico" program. That means those families or individuals seeking asylum in the U.S. are being returned to Mexico as they go through their immigration proceedings. 

TIME April 2019

April 2019

Court Ruling Stopping President Trump's Asylum Seeker Policy on Hold

A federal appeals court put a judge’s order on hold Friday shortly before it would have stopped the Trump administration from forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases move through U.S. courts.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked the lower court ruling from taking effect. The three-judge panel set a Tuesday deadline for civil liberties groups to submit arguments on why the asylum policy should be on hold and a Wednesday deadline for the government to argue why it should remain in place.