Increasing Numbers "Remain in Mexico" Awaiting Immigration Court Hearings
(26 Aug 2019) As of the end of July, the number of individuals channeled into "Remain in Mexico" MPP Immigration Court proceedings grew to 26,001. Case-by-case court records obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University show that during July a total of 11,804 immigrants were sent back to Mexico to await their deportation hearings. This is up from 5,161 during May and 5,883 in June. The MPP hearing location in El Paso, Texas, continues to receive the largest numbers. However, combining those assigned through the San Ysidro and the Calexico ports, the San Diego court is still handling slightly more cases than the El Paso court.

Overall, the Immigration Court's active case backlog reached 975,298 at the end of July. Thus, the 26,001 cases assigned to the MPP program made up only a small part (2.7%) of this cumulative backlog. However, among new cases recorded during July, roughly one out of every four (22.3%) were assigned to the MPP program.

As expected, most of those diverted to the MPP program are from three Central American countries: Guatemala (9,354 cases), Honduras (8,859 cases), and El Salvador (3,197 cases). In fourth place, were Cubans (2,804 cases). Focusing just on those funneled into the MPP program during July, the number from Honduras surpassed those from Guatemala. While the number of Cubans surpassed those from El Salvador.

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