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El Paso Matters
September 14, 2021

In Ciudad Juárez, shelters already strained beyond capacity brace for MPP reinstatement
By René Kladzyk

President Biden has strongly denounced MPP and described the program during his presidential campaign as tantamount to “(slamming) the door shut in the face of families fleeing persecution and violence.” During the Trump administration, more than 70,000 asylum seekers were sent back to Mexico to await their day in immigration court. That day may still be in the distant future for many: as of August 2021, there was a backlog of 1.5 million pending cases in U.S. immigration courts, according to a database maintained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. After Biden suspended the program, he initiated a process where migrants enrolled in MPP could cross the border and wait for their court dates in the United States. Since then, more than 13,000 people have crossed into the U.S. through the MPP drawdown, said Cabezas. But 3,500 people are still enrolled in MPP, he said.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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