BROWNSVILLE, Texas – About 42,000 migrants are waiting in Mexico for asylum hearings in the United States. Their fate is being decided by a judge in a remote location.
These “tent courts” are part of the Department of Homeland Security’s expansion of the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP). Also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy.
The first in a series of immigration hearings held in tents are happening in Laredo. Brownsville is expected to have similar hearings in “canvas courts” later this week.
Attorneys say they are not allowed to sit on the same side of the room with clients they’ve never met. They say this process diminishes asylum-seekers’ chances of getting their claims approved.