The Department of Homeland Security, citing concerns of the spread of COVID-19, has again pushed back the startup date to resume immigration hearings for asylum-seekers put in the Migrant Protection Protocols program. Hearings won’t resume until at least June 22, DHS said late Sunday. Without interruptions, the court process for MPPs can take upwards of nine months or longer. But with the recent shuttering of courts during this ongoing pandemic, migrant advocates say they are uncertain when asylum seekers will again get their day in court.
With the Department of Homeland Security now suspending immigration cases for migrants under the ‘remain in Mexico’ policy through June 1, the rapid processing and expulsion of asylum-seekers by U.S. Border Patrol agents in the field should continue for at least another month. Currently undocumented migrants who are apprehended entering the United States are being questioned in the field by Border Patrol agents who wear masks, gloves and other protective equipment to ward against COVID-19 and sometimes the migrants are expelled from the United States in usually less than two hours, Border Patrol agents told Border Report.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration has suspended immigration court hearings for asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico through June 1, bowing to coronavirus concerns. The move also extends a state of limbo for those locked down in Mexican migrant shelters.
EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — Migrants sent to wait out in Mexico asylum hearings in U.S. immigration court were living in precarious safety and hygienic conditions before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — It took the FBI less than a day to track down and arrest the man accused of making threats against El Paso Walmart stores last week, according to court records.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — More than 200 workers at an export-focused textile plant in Guatemala have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and more results are pending in what could be one of the country’s largest outbreaks, officials said Monday.
BOSTON (AP) — Five Central American asylum seekers ordered to remain in Mexico by federal authorities will be able to reunite with their families in Massachusetts until their immigration cases are decided, a federal judge in Boston ruled Thursday.
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Six immigrant women, who are at risk to COVID-19 due to their age and health, were released from federal custody on Wednesday after filing a lawsuit.
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