Trump’s MPP Potentially Overturned

Trump’s MPP Potentially Overturned

On Friday, the federal 9th circuit court of appeals placed an injunction on Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), otherwise known as the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy. MPP requires migrants seeking asylum on the U.S.-Mexico border to wait in Mexico for the U.S. immigration courts hear their case. However, within hours of the federal court decision, the Trump administration requested an appeal, halting the injunction and allowing MPP to continue until the appeal has been heard.

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Links

“Dueling Remain in Mexico order cause confusion in the borderlands”
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/02/29/dueling-remain-mexico-orders-cause-confusion-and-tension-borderlands/

“Paso Del Norte bridge reopens after shutdown as appeals court now suspends its own order halting Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy”
https://kvia.com/your-voice-your-vote/politics/2020/02/28/appeals-court-blocks-trump-administration-from-sending-asylum-seekers-to-mexico-to-await-hearings/

“Ninth Circuit court suspends own order that blocked ‘Remain-in-Mexico’ policy”
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/appeals-court-suspends-own-order-trump-mexico-asylum-seekers

“Appeals court in SF grants Trump emergency stay of its ruling in asylum-seeker case”
https://www.sfchronicle.com/nation/article/Appeals-court-in-SF-Trump-can-t-require-15093663.php

“The U.S. Government Should Reverse the Remain in Mexico Policy”
https://www.amnestyusa.org/press-releases/the-u-s-government-should-reverse-the-remain-in-mexico-policy/

“White House blasts court’s decision to block ‘remain in Mexico’ policy”
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/485257-white-house-blasts-appeals-courts-decision-to-block-remain-in-mexico

“MPP Has Created A Refugee Camp in Mexico – Why Aren’t We Treating It Like One?”
https://www.niskanencenter.org/mpp-has-created-a-refugee-camp-in-mexico-why-arent-we-treating-it-like-one/

Assessment

  • Writing: Briefly describe the policy goals of the Migrant Protection Protocol. What are the positives and negatives of this program as argued by the Trump administration and by immigrant rights advocates, respectively?
  • Debate: The Trump administration’s MPP program is inhumane because it forces migrants to remain in dangerous living conditions along the border.
  • Poll: Do you think MPP should be reversed?
  • Short Answer: What impact, if any, has MPP had on the likelihood of migrants being granted asylum?

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