Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Asylum Policy

A federal appeals court has blocked the Trump administration from enforcing an immigration policy that requires asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while they wait for a court to process their claims.

The U.S. Courts of Appeals of the 9th Circuit ruled (pdf) on Friday to uphold a preliminary injunction issued by a lower court that puts a hold one of the administration’s key immigration policies, the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), that aimed at ending loopholes in the current “catch and release” policy, under which asylum seekers are released into the interior of the country as they await a court hearing, often never to be seen again.

The MPP, more commonly known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, was enacted in January 2019 as an attempt to curb the flow of illegal immigration and prevent fraudulent or nonmeritorious cases. The policy sends migrants back to Mexico while they wait for a court to process their claims.

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Author: Janita Kan

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