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August 28, 2019

Few asylum-seekers sent to wait in Mexico get legal aid
By Julian Resendiz

According to reports from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at the University of Syracuse dated Aug. 26 and July 29, almost twice as many migrants were placed in the program, also known as Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) in July compared to June. Of those MPP participants whose cases reached immigration courts in June, only 1.3 percent had representation, according to TRAC. “Clearly, the record thus far is that very few asylum seekers forced to remain in Mexico have been able to secure representation for their upcoming Immigration court proceedings,” stated the TRAC report that compared rates of legal representation among MPP participants and other people who have ongoing immigration procedures. For instance, 35.4 percent of immigrants not on the MPP program whose case had been in the courts for more than five months had legal representation, compared to 12 percent of MPP participants whose court cases had dragged on that long.

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