WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States will start processing later asylum-seekers staying in Mexico under the Migration Protection Protocols program, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan announced on Tuesday.
“Starting February 19, the United States will begin to process eligible individuals in the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP) program to pursue their asylum cases in the US, working closely with the Government of Mexico, as well as international and non-governmental organizations,” Sullivan said in a joint statement with Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall.
The Department of Homeland Security defines the MPP as a government action that sends foreign individuals entering the US illegally to Mexico and keeps them there for the duration of their immigration proceedings. Approximately 25,000 individuals in MPP continue to have active cases, according to press reports.
Sullivan cautioned people seeking to immigrate to the United States that the country’s borders are not open, and the administration is in the initial stages of its work “to reopen access to an orderly asylum process.”