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August 27, 2019

The Number of Migrants Forced to Wait Out Their Cases in Mexico Exploded in July
By Gaby Del Valle

The number of migrants ordered to wait out their asylum cases in Mexico more than doubled in July after the Trump administration expanded the policy to two additional cities. A total of 11,804 immigrants were sent back to Mexico in July under the policy, officially known as Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), according to a new report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. That’s up from 5,883 people in June and 5,161 in May. Border crossings have steadily declined since May, but the administration has still ramped up Remain in Mexico cases since then, the report shows. The Department of Homeland Security not only expanded the program to two additional ports of entry — the Laredo Port of Entry and the Brownsville International Bridge, both in Texas — but also put more people on the Remain in Mexico docket across the board. Of the 11,804 cases in July, over 3,000 were in Laredo and nearly 1,500 were in Brownsville.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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