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March 3, 2021

Pregnant Asylum-Seekers Needed Help at the Border. Inside the Program That Provided Care—and Community
By Jasmine Aguilera

It is impossible to know how many pregnant people have ended up stranded in Mexico as a result of Trump-era immigration policies, including expulsions; the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), otherwise known as “Remain in Mexico” policy; or “Metering,” which required those planning to claim asylum to take a number and wait in Mexico before making an initial claim. MPP alone has kept more than 71,000 people waiting in Mexico for their asylum claims to be adjudicated in the U.S. since the policy began in January 2019. As of January of this year, more than 29,000 people still have active MPP cases, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research organization. Given how many women have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border in the past two years, it’s reasonable to estimate that there have been thousands who were pregnant, or became pregnant while they waited to cross into the U.S.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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