DHS again delays MPP hearings to end of June as pandemic precaution

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 MPP hearings suspended, expulsion of migrants to continue at border

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.

‘Remain in Mexico’ asylum hearings suspended through June 1

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.

Judge allows 5 Central American asylum seekers to enter US

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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