COVID-19 ALERT: We are OPEN for business! We are working remotely during our normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. To get in touch call: 215-246-9400 or email: info@hykellaw.com and we will get back to you within 36 business hours or less. 

In the News: Asylum Seekers in Mexico to Enter the United States

border-bottom-min

25,000 migrants who had active, ongoing cases in US courts and who were waiting in Mexico for an asylum decision will now be allowed to enter the US and get their case heard before a judge. President Joe Biden has chosen to reprocess all of the migrants who were held under the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocol policy.

These are all older cases. The pandemic has caused the administration to resist launching new asylum cases. All of the migrants being allowed in to have their cases heard will be tested for Covid-19.

The administration will process the immigrants who have had the longest wait time first, or the ones who are in the most vulnerable positions. The processing will be happening at three ports of entry, though the information on which three ports will be used has yet to be released.

There are 33,000 migrants who were given incorrect information about their hearings and did not attend them, or had an in absentia ruling made against them. This current move by the Biden administration will not help those refugee seekers.

Migrants who have been forced to wait in Mexico have often done so in deplorable conditions. They have been the targets of coyote scammers, kidnappers, and other violent criminals. They have often been forced to live in tents, shelters, or other makeshift accommodations.

The administration also promises that immigrants will not be detained while awaiting their day in court, but will be offered alternatives to detention. The administration has not specified what these will be, but ankle bracelets and check-ins are likely.

If you have a family member who is waiting at the border you should advise them to wait on official information and to avoid making any sudden moves. The border is not wide open, a lot of misinformation is also flying around, and there’s a risk of appearing at the wrong port of entry for those who make premature moves. 

Ultimately, over 70,000 asylum seekers have been detained in Mexico under the MPP policy. It will likely take time for the Biden administration to find solutions for all of them. 

Yesterday President Biden also rescinded the national emergency declaration that allowed Congress to fund the proposed U.S. and Mexico border wall

See also:

In the News: Biden Plan for Immigration

5 Steps to a Smoother Immigration Process

In the News: Supreme Court to Hear Asylum Case

We Help Solve Immigration Challenges

How can we help you? Click on one of the boxes below to get started:

photo-1-min

Employment & Investment Visas

Although it often comes with controversy, immigration into the United States has always played a major role in the strength of its economy. Perhaps no one understands this more than the residents of Philadelphia, where the Liberty Bell still welcomes foreigners to one of the richest historical communities of our country.

photo-2-min

Family Visas

Not knowing or understanding the system and laws of the U.S. can be a disadvantage for many foreign immigrants who wish to obtain permanent residency in the United States, either for themselves or for their loved ones. Hykel Law’s Family-Based Immigration Services can lead you through the complicated process to achieve either temporary or permanent residency, depending on your situation.

photo-3-min

Deportation Defense

Are you afraid of deportation? If you are a foreign national involved in the beginning stages of removal proceedings, the deportation attorney at Hykel Law in Philadelphia can help prevent this unfortunate situation. We can evaluate your immigration case and find the best strategy to defend you from removal proceedings to help you stay in the United States.

Call Now ButtonCall Us Now