“Remain in Mexico”: the Facts, the Fiction, and Methods to Challenge this Unprecedented Rebuke of America’s Asylum System

  • Border Issues
  • Bond Hearings
  • Deportation/Removal
  • Immigration Court

Since January 2019 the Department of Homeland Security began invoking an obscure provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act to require tens of thousands of asylum seekers to remain in Mexico during their removal proceedings. From San Diego, California, to Brownsville, Texas, applicants are struggling to survive in Mexico and find U.S.-licensed lawyers to provide legal advice and representation. These challenges have been exacerbated by the opening of port courts in Laredo and Brownsville, Texas. The port courts are closed to the public, operate by video-conferencing, and offer limited access to clients on the day of hearing. Join us as our expert panelists recount the practical realities that impede due process and serve to deter those seeking protection. We will also discuss novel arguments to seek bond and challenge the systematic application of this expanding 


  • Barriers to due process
  • Overview of the current conditions in immigration court
  • Strategies to keep in mind when handling bond cases


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IAN Partners

  • pro bono net
  • american immigration lawyers association
  • national immigration law center
  • unidos us
  • immigration legal resource center
  • immigration legal resource center
  • american immigration council
  • american civil liberties union
  • american immigration council
  • national immigration project
  • the advocates for human rights
  • lutheran immigration and refugee service
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