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May 11, 2021

Asylum cases transferred out of MPP, allowed into U.S. doubled in the past month, new data shows
By Sandra Sanchez

My main takeaway from this report is just how many invisible inequalities exist with the immigration system. … In many ways, asylum is not one single process but rather a lot of little processes that depend not just on the law but on who you are.
The Biden administration last month doubled the number of asylum-seekers who were legally allowed to enter the United States and whose asylum cases were transferred out of the now-defunct remain-in-Mexico policy, according to new data released Tuesday. As of the end of April, a total of 8,347 migrants who previously had been forced to remain in Mexico under the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols program, were allowed to cross the Southwest border from Mexico since the end of January, a new report by the nonprofit Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) of Syracuse University found. This is up significantly from the 3,911 asylum-seekers who had been transferred from MPP from the time President Joe Biden took office through the end of February. And it shows a trend by the Biden administration, which has done away with the controversial Trump-era policy and is now working to integrate these asylum-seekers into U.S. immigration courts. New MPP data shows 4,000 asylum-seekers allowed into U.S. under Biden administration But the data shows 26,474 asylum-seekers whose cases are still categorized in MPP. Most crossed into South Texas via the cities of Brownsville and Laredo. El Paso saw a huge increase in the number of cases admitted, although that West Texas city still has the most pending MPP cases — 10,830 as of the end of April.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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