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Valley Advocate
March 11, 2020

Seeking Asylum Series: Trump has made seeking asylum harder
By Luis Fieldman

The federal government has used MPP at seven U.S. border towns: San Ysidro, California; Calexico, California (individuals sent back here must travel to the San Ysidro port of entry for hearings); Nogales, Arizona (individuals sent back here must travel to the El Paso port of entry for hearings); El Paso, Texas; Eagle Pass, Texas (individuals sent back here must travel to the Laredo port of entry for hearings); Laredo, Texas; Brownsville, Texas. The decision to send individuals or families back under MPP is discretionary and is made by individual CBP officers or Border Patrol agents. As of January 2019, there were more than 61,000 cases heard in immigration court that went through MPP, with the vast majority being denied entry, or having their cases remain pending, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. A year since Remain in Mexico began, tens of thousands of people have been returned to Mexico to await court hearings.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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