Wednesday, January 29, 2020

American Immigration Council: Policies Affecting Asylum Seekers at the Border The Migrant Protection Protocols, Prompt Asylum Claim Review, Humanitarian Asylum Review Process, Metering, Asylum Transit Ban, and How They Interact


For decades, adults, families, and unaccompanied children have been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border to seek protection from harm in their home countries. U.S. law allows any noncitizen who is in the United States, or at the border, to apply for protection. However, the Trump administration has instituted a number of new policies, many being challenged in court, designed to deter families from seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border. Policies like the Migrant Protection Protocols (also known as “Remain in Mexico”), metering, the Prompt Asylum Claim Review (PACR) and Humanitarian Asylum Review Process (HARP) programs, and a ban on asylum for individuals who transited through Mexico before arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border have reshaped the state of asylum at the border in 2019 and 2020. This American Immigration Council fact sheet explains the complicated interplay and application of protection and border processing policies.

How has the process for seeking asylum at the border changed?

As of late January 2020, there are four significant new Trump administration policies affecting asylum seekers in effect across the southern border, all of which have a significant impact in shaping the current state of the border. These policies do not apply to asylum applicants at the U.S. northern border with Canada.

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