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COVID-19: DHS and EOIR jointly announce rescheduling of MPP hearings

  1. Original Date Announced

    March 23, 2020

    DHS and EOIR jointly announce that all Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) master calendar and merit hearings scheduled through April 22, 2020 will be rescheduled due to COVID-19. [ID #125]

    Joint DHS/EOIR Statement on MPP Rescheduling
  2. Effective Date

    March 23, 2020
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  4. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    June 1, 2021

    2021.06.01 Termination of the Migrant Protection Protocols Program

    This Biden administration policy revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On June 1, 2021, DHS issued a policy memorandum signed by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas terminating the MPP Program. The memorandum instructs DHS personnel to take the necessary steps to rescind implementing guidance and other policy guidance related to the program.

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  5. Biden Administration Action: Approved/Retained

    December 2, 2021

    2021.12.02 Guidance regarding the Court-Ordered Reimplementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols

    This Biden administration policy reimplements the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    Referencing the court order to reimplement MPP, DHS provides updated guidance on its good-faith reimplementation of MPP until the district court vacates its injunction. This guidance includes substantive changes to the implementation of MPP made in consultation with the Mexican government.

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Current Status

Partially in effect
June 1, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
December 2, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: ICE EOIR

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • October 29, 2018

    Prior to MPP, an asylum seeker at the border, upon demonstrating a credible fear of persecution, was permitted to wait in the U.S. pending their removal hearing and asylum adjudication.

    8 U.S.C. § 1158 - Asylum

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