In a disappointing but unsurprising turn of events, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled yesterday that the Trump administration may continue its policy of sending asylum seekers to danger in Mexico under the so-called “Migrant Protection Protocols,” or MPP.  The Trump administration had asked the Supreme Court last week to block a carefully-reasoned… Continue »

A new ProPublica feature story by Dara Lind offers a disturbing look at the MPP program near its one year anniversary, spotlighting how the day-to-day implementation empowers untrained and callous CBP agents to separate families and make life and death decisions in an instant.  It also reveals who MPP fits into the larger strategy of… Continue »

One year after the Trump Administration implemented the Remain in Mexico (MPP) policy, immigrants and immigration advocates across the country called for a restoration of the U.S. asylum system.  The Remain in Mexico policy, also known as Migrant Protections Protocols (MPP) was created by the Trump Administration as an effort to keep out migrants seeking… Continue »

As the Trump Administration’s MPP program reaches its one-year anniversary, the administration is readying a self-congratulatory effort to declare their supposed “success” at the border. But as an updated report from Human Rights First reminds us, the Trump administration has a very different notion of “success” from ours.  Here’s the key tally of MPP’s impact:… Continue »

Today, a delegation of House Democrats crossed the border near Brownsville, Texas to bring attention to the terrible Trump Administration policy called “Remain in Mexico.” Remain in Mexico, also known as MPP, was implemented a year ago and has forced some 60,000 asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while applying for asylum. Their waits last… Continue »

The independent and highly-reputable TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse) just released a new report — based on the government’s own data — that finds  99% of asylum-seekers who were released into America to pursue their cases attended all of their immigration court hearings. The finding eviscerates the GOP’s Big Lie. They call it “catch and… Continue »

The Trump Administration’s plan to send Mexican asylum-seekers to Guatemala is being widely condemned as the latest cruel and chaotic effort to deny due process and a fair chance at asylum for vulnerable people.  The plan for Mexican asylum-seekers mirrors the situation for Central American asylum seekers, who through such policies as MPP and the… Continue »

What You May Have Missed Over the Holidays Regarding the Trump Administration’s Assault on U.S. Asylum Policy There was no break over the holidays for the growing humanitarian crisis and violence against asylum seekers at the southern border due to the Trump administration’s asylum policies, according to multiple media reports over the last few weeks.… Continue »

Originally published as a mid-year review on July 28, 2019; updated on December 18, 2019 From the moment Donald Trump descended the Trump Tower escalator to launch his presidential bid in 2015, his attacks on immigrants have been unrelenting. Throughout 2019, the Trump Administration continued its cruel pattern of kicking out immigrants already here and… Continue »

Reminders of the many ways the Trump administration is making a mockery of due process  The Trump administration’s multi-pronged effort to deny asylum seekers access to a fair hearing and meaningful due process is endangering lives. Sending asylum seekers back to dangerous conditions – whether to dangerous cities in northern Mexico or to  Northern Triangle… Continue »