Remain in Mexico: Unlawful and Unsafe for Children

January 29, 2020

Remain in Mexico

Unlawful and Unsafe for Children

In January 2019, the Trump Administration began implementing a new policy that requires certain asylum seekers to wait in Mexico—rather than the U.S.—for the duration of the immigration proceedings in their cases. The Remain in Mexico policy, referred to by the Department of Homeland Security as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), represents a dramatic and dangerous shift in the United States’ treatment of asylum seekers. One year later, the U.S. has sent nearly 57,000 asylum seekers, including more than 16,000 children, to dangerous border towns in Mexico to wait for proceedings in their U.S. asylum cases.


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