Biden administration may revive Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols this week + important immigration news.

What’s in today’s newsletter. ℹ️

  1. Migrant Protection Protocols❗️
  2. Immigration Policy Updates 🏛
  3. Immigration News from Around the World 🌍
  4. Big Ideas in Immigration💡

MPP is (almost) back. ❗️

After weeks of uncertainty, this could be the week that the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) go back into effect according to Stef Knight at Axios. MPP was a Trump-era policy designed to undermine the asylum system by making refugees wait in Mexico for their asylum hearings. The Biden administration initially ended the MPP, but DHS is now complying with a federal judge’s orders to restart the program. The administration originally said it would restart the program by mid-November, but Mexico — with whom the administration must negotiate since the policy impedes on their national sovereignty — has apparently not yet given the green light.



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Austin Kocher, PhD

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