The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) is a government action specifically for foreign individuals entering or seeking admission into the U.S. from Mexico. Under the MPP, foreign individuals may be returned to Mexico or may need to wait outside of the U.S. for the duration of their immigration proceedings. Mexico will provide these foreign nationals with the appropriate humanitarian protections while they are asked to wait.
Why the DHS Is Implementing MPP
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is implementing the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) to secure the borders, enforce immigration and customs laws, facilitate legal trade, and travel, and reduce illegal contraband. Since more and more families and unaccompanied children have been migrating from their home countries to the United States, it has overflown the immigration court system. Many of these families are traveling from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
The dramatic increase in migration and asylum claims has made it harder for the U.S. to devote the appropriate resources to individuals who need to flee serious persecution.
Who Is Affected By MPP?
MMP will only impact foreign nationals immigrating to the United States from the Mexican border. It will primarily be for immigrants who are not clearly admissible and who are placed in removal proceedings. This means that if you are applying for a family or work visa, your case should not be affected by MMP. Unaccompanied children and immigrants in expedited removal proceedings will also not be affected by MMP.
Those who are affected by MPP will receive a “Notice to Appear: for their immigration court hearings and will return to Medical until their hearing date. It is vital to have an experienced attorney on your side to determine whether you can avoid the MPP process. An experienced attorney can analyze your case and help you achieve your desired outcome.