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Immigration Law

Over 8,000 MPP Cases Transferred Into U.S. Under Biden

TRAC, May 11, 2021

"As of the end of April 2021, a total of 8,387 individuals formerly forced to remain in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) have been able to enter the United States since President Biden ended this Trump-era program[1]TRAC previously reported that by the end of March 3,911 individuals had been allowed to enter the U.S. under a phased process. During April, the pace picked up so that by the end of last month entrants had increased to 8,387—more than double the previous total which had covered transfers during February and March. According to court records, as of the end of April a total of 18,087 individuals still remain in Mexico and have not yet been allowed to enter the U.S.

These findings come from analysis conducted by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. Results are based on comparing MPP court records at the end of January 2021 matched with those from the end of April 2021. TRAC analyzed this matched MPP case cohort to track the Biden administration's phased process of allowing individuals entry into the U.S.

Pace of Transfers Varied by Location

MPP cases assigned to the Brownsville, Texas hearing location continued to show the highest proportion of individuals allowed to enter the U.S.: 45 percent. However, MPP cases from Laredo, Texas which had been scheduled to start its processing over a month later made up a lot of lost ground by the end of April. Only 3 percent of its cases had been transferred into the U.S. at the end of March to await their Immigration Court hearings. But by the end of April this had jumped to 28 percent, vaulting ahead of rates in the San Ysidro MPP Court which had been scheduled to start processing cases the earliest. Laredo's rate was also close behind the proportion at the El Paso MPP court which also had been scheduled to start processing transfers more than a month earlier. See Figure 1 and Table 1. ... [more...] ..."