Saturday, January 23, 2021
Earlier this week, the Biden administration suspended the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The American Immigration Council has a helpful fact sheet on: "The “Migrant Protection Protocols,” which provides information about the program, who it has impacted, and analyzes the concerns and problems with the program.
The fact sheet notes as follows that
"President Biden has promised to end MPP. However, prior to inauguration, Biden and his advisors had suggested that damage done to the asylum system by the Trump administration has prevented them from immediately admitting people still waiting in Mexico under MPP, and it may take “months” to reverse Trump’s border policies. Hours after he was inaugurated, Biden officially ordered CBP to stop placing people into MPP but left the fate of those already sent back to Mexico still unclear.
As proposed below, now that CBP has stopped placing people into MPP, the administration should rapidly surge resources to ports of entry to process the likely fewer than 20,000 people with pending MPP cases who remain in Mexico. Under new guidance, CBP should be directed to issue parole quickly and safely to individuals subject to MPP who appear at the ports of entry at scheduled times, allowing them to reenter the United States. Once inside the country, nonprofit organizations can help these individuals arrange transit to their final destination while the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) transfers the individuals’ court cases to their final destination."