Thursday, June 16, 2022

5,000 Asylum-Seekers Added to the Migrant Protection Protocols 2.0, Few Are Granted Asylum

During the last six months, over 5,000 asylum seekers have been required to remain in Mexico under the current implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)—also known as MPP 2.0—while awaiting their Immigration Court hearings.  

A new report by TRAC at Syracuse University finds that most of these cases in MPP are being completed within the 180-day time frame set by the administration, but the problem with low rates of access to attorneys and unusually low rates of asylum success that plagued the first implementation of MPP continue this year. Just 27 people so far—or 2.4 percent of the 1,109 completed cases—have been granted asylum. By comparison, about 50 percent of asylum cases inside the United States were granted asylum over that same time period.

Key findings from the report include:

  • 5,114 asylum seekers have been added to MPP 2.0 along the US-Mexico border
  • 1,109 cases in MPP 2.0 have been completed.
  • 27 people received asylum so far, or 2.4% of completed cases. About 50% of asylum seekers not in MPP were successful over the same time period.
  • 81% of the 129 cases added to MPP in December 2021 have been completed, which nearly meets the Biden administration’s 180-day timeline.
  • The immigration court in Brownsville, Texas, has the most MPP cases: 2,752 in total. That’s more than half of all MPP cases.
  • Only 5% of asylum-seekers in MPP 2.0 have found attorneys.

See TRAC’s full detailed report here:

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