Justine Coleman, The Hill, March 23, 2020
The Trump administration moved Monday to delay the court hearings for asylum-seekers sent to Mexico, citing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
The Justice Department said hearings for those affected by the “remain in Mexico” program that were scheduled for before April 22 will be postponed, CBS News reported. Those who have scheduled court dates before April 22 will need to obtain new government documents and a new hearing date from border officials, on the day of their scheduled hearing.
The spokesperson maintained that the “remain in Mexico” program, officially called the Migrant Protections Protocols, was not being canceled. The program has already sent more than 60,000 Latin American asylum-seekers to northern Mexico as they wait for their cases to process.