Biden Administration Could Reopen More than 34,000 Asylum Cases Along the US-Mexico Border

But if our recent findings are correct, MPP has already had its effect and most migrants will never get a chance to have their cases heard before a judge.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today that it would begin reopening many of the cases of migrants whose asylum cases were rejected under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). MPP was a Trump-era program that forced asylum seekers to remain in dangerous parts of northern Mexico rather than processing their…



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Austin Kocher, PhD

I study America’s immigration enforcement system. Assistant Professor at TRAC. Graduate of OSU Geography. Online at