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All about the Remain in Mexico program

August 20, 2021
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Since February 19, they began accepting asylum and protection applicants at some border points through the Remain in Mexico program.

With the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), better known as “Stay in Mexico”, 26,000 active cases remain, according to United Nations data.

It should be noted that the Migrant Protection Protocol is a program that was established during the administration of Donald Trump.

Everything starts at the entry ports. Since last February 19, they began to accept the cases of these migrants at border ports. They started in San Ysidro California, followed by Brownsville.

The last to open was the one in Paso, Texas, which receives those who are in Ciudad Juárez. This is where a processing center was installed. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the international organization for migration IOM and UNICEF supported this action.

They also carried out specific eligibility verification procedures. They are also tested for coronavirus.

What happens after the case is processed?

After being processed by UN agencies, members of the international agency for migration accompany migrants to this border point. U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents receive them.

It should be noted that the process takes between 15 to 30 minutes. Since it depends on the number of people who cross. At the moment, it has remained at an average of 25 people per day.

The migrants leave for the first time on U.S. soil. Some have waited for a long time in Mexico. Civil organizations transfer them to shelters. According to those in charge it could take 2 to 4 days before reaching their final destination.

What happens to the “Remain in Mexico” program when they arrive in the United States?

Most migrants have family and friends in cities like Boston, Miami, Chicago, among others. So they begin a new process to justify their cases in the courts of the United States. They seek the hope of not having to return to their home country.


Source: Voice of America. (2021, June 16). Remain in Mexico Program: What You Need to Know. Conexion Migrante. https://conexionmigrante.com/2021-/06-/16/lo-que-debes-saber-sobre-el-programa-quedate-en-mexico/