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December 19, 2019

Asylum-Seekers Are Missing Their Court Dates When They ‘Remain in Mexico’
By Max Rivin-Nadler

he Trump Administration launched the Remain in Mexico program last January, in an effort to cut down on what it called “catch and release” policies that encouraged immigrants to skip their immigration court dates. But a new report shows that the Remain in Mexico program is actually driving down the number of asylum-seekers who show up for their immigration hearings. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University compiles data on immigration cases and federal prosecutions. It found that the program has increased the number of migrants who miss their court dates. Only 50% of Asylum-seekers sent back to Mexico under Remain in Mexico have shown up for their court dates. Many of them have had their asylum cases closed in absentia.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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