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Tweet or Post to Facebook: There is No Way for the Biden Administration to Reform MPP

Last week, we went to Laredo, TX to visit the tent courts set up there to process people arriving at the border. What we found there was shocking, and we’re hoping you’ll help us spread the word using these messages we wrote.

Under the Trump administration’s so-called “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP), approximately 70,000 asylum seekers were returned to danger in Mexico while waiting for their sham court proceedings. The Biden administration attempted to end the program but was ordered by a federal court to reimplement it. And in December 2021, the Department of Homeland Security restarted MPP, providing guidance on the ways it would attempt to improve the program.

In two of the four border cities where MPP hearings take place, judges hear cases by video teleconference from the court while asylum seekers appear in a tent facility at the port of entry. We visited the “tent court” in Laredo, Texas, and witnessed how these superficial changes have failed to resolve the inherent flaws in the program. Asylum seekers continue to face danger and harsh conditions in Mexico, struggle to find attorneys to represent them, and access the resources they need to prepare their cases. At the same time, members of the public attempting to exercise their legal right to observe these hearings face significant obstacles in doing so.

Please share these social posts to amplify what we saw in Laredo and call for an immediate end to MPP. Click the share buttons to help us spread the word.