DHS, Justice, State Prepare for Court-Ordered Re-execution of MPP

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WASHINGTON – As required by a federal court order, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has worked in good faith to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. Today, in coordination with the State and Justice Departments, DHS announced key changes to the MPP to address humanitarian concerns raised by the government of Mexico and shared by the U.S. government. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas has repeatedly stated that the MPP has endemic flaws, imposes unjustifiable human costs, diverts resources and personnel from other priority efforts and has failed to s ” tackle the root causes of irregular migration.

To comply with the court order, however, DHS will be ready to re-implement the MPP once the government of Mexico makes a final and independent decision to accept the return of those enrolled in the program, subject to certain improvements. humanitarian. These key changes include a commitment that proceedings will generally be concluded within six months of a person’s initial return to Mexico; opportunities for registrants to have access to and communicate with a lawyer before and during non-refoulement immigration court interviews and hearings; improved non-refoulement procedures; and an increase in the quantity and quality of information registrants receive on the MPP. DHS will exclude particularly vulnerable people from MPP registration. Additionally, DHS will provide COVID-19 vaccines for everyone enrolled in the MPP.

The United States government will work closely with the government of Mexico to ensure that there are safe and secure shelters available for those enrolled in the MPP; that persons returned under the MPP benefit from secure transportation to and from US ports of entry; and that MPP registrants can apply for work permits, health care and other services in Mexico.

On October 29, 2021, Secretary Mayorkas issued a new memorandum announcing and explaining their decision to end the program. This administration, however, remains subject to a court order requiring it to re-implement the MPP in good faith, which it will respect even if it continues to vigorously challenge the ruling.

Once the court injunction is lifted, the MPP will be terminated.

The Administration remains committed to building a safe, orderly and humane immigration system that respects our laws and values. DHS also continues to treat individuals in accordance with US law and our mission.


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