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December 16, 2019

Only 0.1% of Completed Asylum Have Been Granted Under Trump Administration's Remain in Mexico' Rule
By Chantal Da Silva

Of the nearly 50,000 asylum seekers who had been involved in the Trump administration's widely-condemned "Remain in Mexico" program by the month of September, only 11 had actually been granted asylum, according to recent data. Data published by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University shows that of the 47,313 people involved in the program as of September, less than 10,000 had seen their cases completed, while more than 37,000 were left pending. Of those whose cases had been completed, 5,085 had faced removal orders, while another 4,471 saw their cases dismissed without a decision and at least 4 left through "voluntary departure." Meanwhile, just 11 people saw their asylum requests granted, or, as The Los Angeles Times has reported, 0.1 percent of all completed cases. Ads by scrollerads.com Under the controversial "Remain in Mexico" program, or Migrant Protection Protocols, tens of thousands of asylum seekers have been forced to stay in Mexico while their immigration cases are processed in the U.S. According to TRAC's data, of the more than 47,300 people affected by the program as of September, 47,091 were "never detained," while just 181 were detained in U.S. custody, with 41 people released. The rest of those who were not detained would have presumably been sent to Mexico to await their proceedings.

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