Timeline for entries tagged “Asylum”

A chronology of events related to U.S. border governance and migration

April 12, 2021

The Biden administration has flown around 2,000 asylum seekers from Texas to San Diego to be expelled across the border into Tijuana, all of whom are families with children. Many were never given a chance to tell their stories to Border Patrol, and many reported inconsistent and arbitrary decisions made by CBP.

Tags: Asylum, Border Patrol, San Diego

April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021 The Biden administration is considering a proposal to allow asylum cases to be adjudicated by DHS in addition to immigration courts in order to reduce backlog and speed up the process.

Tags: Asylum, Immigration Courts

March 11, 2021

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced at a press briefing that the Biden administration is restarting the Central American Minors program, a policy started under Obama that allows minors in Central America to start the asylum process in their country of origin.

Tags: Asylum, Unaccompanied Children

March 5, 2021

15,000 of the 25,000 asylum seekers eligible to enter the United States as the Biden administration rolls back the Remain in Mexico program are already in line, according to the UN.  

Tags: Asylum, Remain in Mexico

February 24, 2021

UN agencies began processing individuals and families enrolled in the Remain in Mexico program from the Matamoros migrant camp for entry to the United States. Both the US and Mexican governments have asked the UN to aid in the process, and the International Organization for Migration is administering Covid tests to migrants. 

Tags: Asylum, Border and Migration Politics, Remain in Mexico

February 18, 2021

A Honduran father and son were among the first Remain in Mexico enrollees to be admitted into the U.S. under the Biden administration. While in Mexico, the father was kidnapped, beaten, and held for ransom.

Tags: Asylum, Remain in Mexico

February 16, 2021

Although the Mexican government promised to provide upwards of 3,500 jobs for migrants in the Remain in Mexico program, according to the Mexican Secretary of Labor only 64 were actually employed due partially to the fact that many migrants were never issued work permits.  

Tags: Asylum, Remain in Mexico

February 16, 2021

Freezing weather, with temperatures dropping to 25 degrees, has hit a migrant camp in Matamoros where Remain in Mexico enrollees await their turn to enter the United States. 

Tags: Asylum, Rio Grande Valley

February 11, 2021

The Biden administration will soon begin admitting migrants enrolled in the Remain in Mexico program. The plan starts slowly at three ports of entry, targets those who still have active cases in US immigration courts, and will be based on the date of enrollment in the program, with exceptions made for especially vulnerable migrants.

Tags: Asylum, Border and Migration Politics, Remain in Mexico, U.S. Policy

February 5, 2021

Media reports indicate that increased numbers of apprehended migrant families, along with reduced processing space due to COVID, are causing larger numbers to be released into the U.S. interior to await their immigration court dates in the United States. 

Tags: Asylum, Border and Migration Politics

January 12, 2021

The Trump administration rushed through several asylum restrictions set to take effect near Joe Biden’s inauguration, including one that disqualifies domestic abuse and gang violence victims from being granted asylum, another that bars non-Mexican migrants from applying for asylum, and one that would remove U.S . protection for migrants exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

Tags: Asylum, Border and Migration Politics, U.S. Policy

January 20, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security released a statement announcing a suspension of new enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols or “Remain in Mexico” Program. It directs migrants currently subject to “Remain in Mexico” to stay put in Mexico for the time being.

Tags: Asylum, Remain in Mexico

January 20, 2021

CBP announced that it is building soft-sided (tent) processing facilities in Donna, Texas that will be complete within 30 days. The facility will increase U.S. capacity to process apprehended migrants, particularly asylum seekers. A more permanent processing facility in McAllen, the Central Processing Center, is under renovation.

Tags: Asylum, CBP, Processing, Rio Grande Valley

June 30, 2020

  • The 2,000-person migrant shelter in Matamoros, Mexico, reports its first cases of the coronavirus after months of humanitarian aid efforts to prevent an outbreak. Three asylum seekers tested positive and five others have been isolated in contact tracing efforts. The medical staff of Global Response Management, the nonprofit assisting the camp, states that they feel confident in their aggressive approach to the cases. They have prepared over the months by establishing field hospitals, temperature checkpoints, and testing stations. 

Tags: Asylum, Humanitarian aid, Migration, Public Health

June 30, 2020

  • The Texas Observer, supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, publishes a series on COVID-19 in the immigration pipeline. It focuses on the harms facing asylum seekers at the border through individual interviews and focuses on specific migrants in the region.

Tags: Asylum, Human Rights, Migration, Public Health