Migrant “Protection” Protocols or Remain in Mexico
In January 2019, the Trump Administration introduced a policy — officially dubbed the Migrant “Protection” Protocols (MPP) — which requires asylum seekers entering at the southern border to be returned to Mexico during the pendency of their asylum proceedings. Certain categories of people are exempt from MPP, including unaccompanied children, those placed in expedited removal, and certain “vulnerable populations” on a case-by-case basis. However, LGBTQ and HIV-positive people have been placed in MPP despite experiencing serious human rights abuses in Mexico. MPP is being challenged in federal court in Innovation Law Lab v. McAleenan. The policy currently remains in effect.