San Antonio, TX – Thousands of would-be immigrants to the US currently stranded in Mexico are eagerly awaiting news on the fate of the Remain in Mexico program, also known as the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP). President Joe Biden has vowed to scrap the controversial migration policy. If the MPP is ended, all those people would have a chance to return to the US and apply for asylum. On the other side of the border, in Texas, home to some 5 million immigrants, many of them from Mexico, people are also watching the news to see what’s the latest on the MPP and what will happen to their friends and family trying to get to safety in the US.
According to the law, asylum seekers may be entitled to apply for a Green Card. If you have friends or family members stranded in the legal limbo created by the MPP, the best way to help them is to put them in touch with an experienced immigration lawyer in San Antonio, TX. Legal assistance from a reliable lawyer can make quite a difference when an immigrant applies for asylum in the US.
What’s the latest on the Migration Protection Protocol?
The Migrant Protection Protocol was implemented by former President Donald Trump in 2019 as a means to prevent migrants from waiting in the US while their asylum applications are processed.
Under the program, immigrants are sent back to Mexico where they must remain while their case is pending. Many of them are sent back to Nuevo Laredo, just across the Texas border, but in recent months the situation there has become terrible, as the area is rife with gang activity. As local authorities are unable to ensure the safety of the thousands of migrants, many were bused to other parts of Mexico, under the protection of the National Guard.
To complicate matters further, the migrants must be brought back to the US for their scheduled court appearance when their asylum applications are heard. Due to the situation in Mexico, many have been forced to miss their hearing, which means they will have to wait, sometimes for months, till they get a second chance to plead their case.
Migrants scheduled to appear before the Immigration Court do not get free legal representation. Their only chance is to get their own Green Card lawyer to make sure their papers are in order and they present a convincing case in order to be granted asylum.
The Supreme Court expected to rule on the Remain in Mexico policy
President Biden ordered a review of the immigration policy when he suspended the MPP. As a result, many deportations were stopped, and no more applications were accepted.
On June 1, 2021, Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, issued an order officially ending the program. Immediately after that, Texas and Missouri sued, arguing that the Department of Homeland Security did not have the authority to end the program. The court agreed with the states, ordering DHS to reinstate MPP. The matter is now before the Supreme Court. In February, the court announced it will hear the case in April, with a decision expected this summer.
If you live in the San Antonio area and want to help a migrant with their asylum application or you have a family member in Texas who may be entitled to get a Green Card, seek legal advice from a local lawyer with many years of expertise in this field at the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen.
Contact info: Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen
San Antonio, TX
206 East Locust Street
San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone: (210) 769-3273
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