U.S. Government Officially Ends MPP, the “Remain in Mexico” Program

June 4, 2021

On June 1, 2021, the U.S. government announced that it was officially ending the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, also known as “Remain in Mexico.” This is good news, but it does not change the situation for asylum seekers who are currently in Mexico.

What is MPP? 

The MPP program was announced by the U.S. government in late 2018. Under MPP, certain people who applied for asylum at the border were returned to Mexico while fighting their asylum case in the United States. They had to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearings within the United States, and in most cases, they were returned to Mexico after each hearing. Many asylum seekers who were put into the MPP program are still in Mexico.

If you are currently in MPP, this news does NOT affect you. 

A few months ago, the U.S. government decided to stop putting new asylum seekers in the MPP program. The U.S. government also created a process to let some asylum seekers who were in MPP into the United States. This announcement does not change that process. Please read our earlier post for more information and steps you can take to enter the United States if you are currently in MPP.

This news does not change the situation at the Mexico-U.S. border. 

For more information on what is currently happening at the Mexico-U.S. border and which organizations are working at the border, click here.

For more information and resources from the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) visit our website.

Note: This information is for individuals seeking asylum in the U.S. and is not a substitute for advice from an attorney.