The Department of Homeland Security has announced a new policy involving asylum seekers presenting themselves at our southern border.
Dubbed the “Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP),” the new policy calls for would-be asylees to remain in Mexico while their cases are evaluated. It will be first implemented, perhaps as early as today, at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego, the nation’s busiest border crossing. Asylum seekers will be bused into downtown San Diego for hearings, but will need to otherwise remain in Mexico during the process. The MPP is designed to deal with an obvious and long-term problem: once inside the U.S., the vast majority of asylum seekers as well as other illegal immigrants tend to disappear. In addition, DHS officials say that fully 80% of asylum cases are found to be without merit.
The policy, which was negotiated with Mexican authorities, is expected to face legal challenges in the U.S. courts.
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