Letter Urges Sec. Nielsen to End the Migrant Protection Protocols Policy

Letter Urges Sec. Nielsen to End the Migrant Protection Protocols Policy

February 6, 2019

The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) will put asylum seekers at grave risk of harm by forcing them to remain in Mexico pending their request for protection. Due to these concerns, immigration advocates submitted a letter to Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen with first-hand testimonies of ten families attesting to the violence and harm–including rape, beatings, kidnappings, and ransom–they faced on the Mexican side of our southern border. The letter also draws from over 500 surveys completed by asylum-seeking mothers describing the extensive harm they experienced and witnessed in Mexico before crossing the border.

The letter urges Nielsen to terminate the MPP immediately and ensure that asylum seekers are provided meaningful access to a safe, timely, and fair adjudication of their requests for protection. 

The letter was submitted on behalf of the Dilley Pro Bono Project, a local partner in the Immigration Justice Campaign, which operates a non-traditional pro bono model of legal services that directly represents immigrant mothers and children detained at the 2,400-bed South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. 

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