Skip to comments.Inside Trumpís immigration tent courts: Controversial system meant to fast-track asylum backlog
Posted on 09/18/2019 12:53:39 PM PDT by jazusamo
LAREDO, Texas -- The white tents that sit here on the very edge of the U.S border, with Mexico a literal stones throw away, represent one of the jewels in the crown of the Trump administrations recent efforts to get a grip on the immigration crisis.
They are the temporary courtrooms set up as part of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) -- known colloquially as the Remain in Mexico policy. That policy, established earlier this year, involves sending migrants who are trying to claim asylum back to Mexico during their proceedings -- instead of releasing them into the U.S. while their cases are heard.
This means, officials say, that cases can be heard more quickly -- within as little as 40-60 days, as opposed to the years it sometimes takes after family units are released into the U.S. They say thats better for the migrants, as it leaves them in limbo for less time. But they argue it also serves as a disincentive for Central American migrants who do not have legitimate asylum claims but might otherwise get into the U.S. by claiming credible fear of returning home.
The white tents along the border right now are meant to handle the growing asylum claims, with the backlog now at more than 800,000 cases. The courtrooms recently were set up in Laredo and Brownsville, Texas, but the administration is hoping to set up more such tents across the border soon, expanding amid greater cooperation with Mexico.
Yet the proceedings have come under fire from immigration advocates. The group Human Rights First has called them "secretive" and described them as part of an "attack" on due process within a "sham" asylum system...
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Feel good story of the day.
Most of them don’t qualify.
But the law says they get a hearing.
This is the best way to deal with the backlog.
Reducing the flow by squeezing Mexico is having even greater effect.
Fox what’s with the “migrant” bull sh!t? They are illegal aliens.
I agree, Fox isn’t what it used to be.
“with the backlog now at more than 800,000 cases.”
just declare “NO” 800,000 times...
This will upset the Leftists, because swamping the courts to the point about all we could do is grant broad amnesty, is exactly what they were shooting for.
Another Trumpian end run...
If Fox thinks the legal term illegal aliens is offensive, how about undocumented squatters?
Once they get used to seeing these, instead of building relatively expensive walls we can just set up a bunch of tents.
How long do you think it’ll take before the commies start saying that white tents are a symbol of oppression every time one is set up at a county fair or something?
We should just cut the crap and call them Foreign Democrats.
Yep, I’m loving it.
These illegal alien activists should be declared subversives and put on terrorists lists.
Personally I like “illegal invaders” but “illegal squatters” is good too.
Lets Wrap This FReepathon Up Today, Folks!!
I’d like to see us demand our elected officials, and in fact any official who swears an oath of office in this nation, to be held accountable for advocating for the violation of our nation’s laws.
At a bare minimum, their appointment should end once it can be shown the have done something along those lines.
We have federal level politicians, and local level police chiefs and attorneys ignoring the laws of the land.
Make them find other lines of work.
I agree, it would be the sane thing to do.
Sorry, that's incorrect.
Less than 10% of the people who apply for asylum at the southern border will get it - and all of them know that, BEFORE they apply.
They apply for asylum because that makes them legally eligible for welfare benefits and work permits while their case is being adjudicated - which can take years.
If they are required to stay in Mexico after applying for asylum, NONE of them are going to apply for asylum.
Instead, if they can get one foot onto USA territory, close to 90% of them will get “Catch and Release” within a week or two.
It is possible that a small percentage of potential immigrants will decide not come to the USA if they cannot get legal work permits as asylees.
However, most of them have already planned to stay in the USA after their asylum claim is rejected.
Bottom Line - more than half of the people who claim asylum do not even show up for their court date!
Which means... LOL
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