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Reported: MPP program expanded to easternmost southern border

  1. Date Announced

    Aug. 2, 2019

    Pursuant to the MPP, the U.S. government has reportedly sent approximately 3,000 people with pending U.S. immigration proceedings to wait in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state under the MPP program. According to the Tamaulipas state immigration office, the United States is sending back groups of 50 to 100 migrants almost daily to the border city of Matamoros.

    [ID #98]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    July 19, 2019
  3. Subsequent Action

    March 11, 2020

    A federal district court judge initially enjoined the MPP policy, but 9th Circuit stayed the injunction pending further litigation. Subsequently, on March 11, 2020, the Supreme Court issued an order allowing MPP to continue in force. See Innovation Law Lab v. Nielsen, Case No. 3:19-cv-00807 (N.D. Cal.).

    **Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**

    ACLU | Innovation Law Lab v. Wolf
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: CBP USCIS ICE EOIR

Prior Policies

  • MPP implementation began at the San Ysidro port of entry on or about January 28, 2019 with the intention that MPP implementation would expand eventually across the southern border. 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

Subsequent Action

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