Since January 2019, the government has trapped over 60,000 individuals seeking asylum in life-threatening conditions in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (“MPP” or more commonly known as “Remain in Mexico”). With more than a 98% deportation rate for individuals seeking asylum over the last 20 months, the Remain in Mexico policy strips asylum-seekers of the ability, power, and critical information they need to seek asylum in our country. Asylum-seekers have one chance to make their cases, often with life or death consequences.
Today, JFS proudly serves as an organizational plaintiff in the lawsuit, Immigrant Defenders Law Center, Jewish Family Service of San Diego, et al. v. Wolf to challenge the continued implementation of the MPP program and the deprivation of counsel associated with the program and ensure meaningful access to the U.S. asylum system by asylum seekers and their counsel.