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The Promise and the Challenges of an End to the MPP/Remain in Mexico Program

February 19, 2021
Video Roundtable

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Presented 2/19/2021
2:00 PM (ET)
CLE Eligible No
Length 60 min.
Format Video Roundtable
SKU RT2021-02-19A

AILA University Video Roundtables are free learning opportunities for AILA members provided via a weekly schedule of live video programming for members to come together from across the country and world to discuss hot topics and network with colleagues in the field. Video Roundtables are part of AILA University programming and each session is hosted by faculty selected for their expertise.


This roundtable will offer a discussion on the end of MPP with federal court litigators, advocates on the ground, and community members. The roundtable will offer an opportunity to share resources and brainstorm effective legal strategies for defending asylum seekers after the end of MPP.


Discussion Topics

  • Describe the MPP program, which has trapped asylum seekers in danger in Mexico indefinitely while they await Immigration Court hearings that have been suspended during COIVD-19, and offer updates on commitments by the incoming Administration to end the program.
  • Give an update on the state of federal court litigation challenging the legality of the MPP program and potential settlement of pending lawsuits as a means of ending the program.
  • Discuss legal needs that will arise for asylum seekers who were previously in MPP and who will likely disperse around the country after the program ends. Among others, these issues include preparation of asylum applications, changes of venue, motions to reopen cases within absentia orders or denials of asylum in MPP, appeals to the BIA, and petitions for review in MPP cases.
  • Consider the humanitarian needs of asylum seekers and border communities as the MPP program ends, including immediate reception of asylum seekers in U.S. border communities and medical and travel support.

Discussion Leaders:

Leah L. Chavarria, San Diego, CA

Jodi Goodwin, Harlingen, TX*

Marsha Griffin, Chicago, IL

Caroline Walters, Washington, DC


The speakers' views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided in the written materials are based on the speakers' experiences and current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and the speakers' experiences may differ from your own.
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