Objecting to MPP at SCOTUS
The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) also known as the "Remain in Mexico" policy was a humanitarian catastrophe: asylum seekers were murdered, raped, kidnapped, extorted, and compelled to live in squalid conditions where they faced significant procedural barriers to meaningfully presenting their protection claims.
The Department of Homeland Security previously decided to end MPP, but Attorneys General from Texas and Missouri recently sued in an attempt to force DHS to reinstate the policy. A federal district judge in Texas granted an injunction ordering DHS to reinstate MPP until such time as it was able to detain all arriving asylum seekers, and the 5th circuit court of appeals denied a stay of that order pending the federal government’s appeal.
Human Rights First joined other human rights and immigrant rights organizations in filing an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of the Justice Department’s application for a stay pending appeal.