McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) – The Department of Homeland Security offers a public website where migrant asylum seekers could request to opt out of the Migrant Protection Protocols program, also known as the “Stay Away” program. in Mexico”.
On Thursday, DHS posted in the Federal Register a request to create an opt-out request website.
“The purpose of the public MPP opt-out request website is to provide a means for individuals to initiate an opt-out request from the MPP if they believe they should not be included in the MPP program,” according to the Federal Register announcement.
The Biden administration was forced by the courts to revive the Trump-era staycation program in Mexico. And so far, most single adult men, not families, have been sent back to wait in Mexico during their asylum hearings.
There are nearly 30,000 migrants currently in the MPP, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks immigration cases.
“All information entered by individuals into the MPP opt-out request system will be used by DHS employees and staff to determine whether, in accordance with DHS MPP guidelines, an individual should be opted out of MPP. Decisions to enroll or unenroll individuals from MPP are at the discretion of DHS, and the opt-out request process does not create any obligation or private right of enforceable action in administrative or judicial proceedings,” according to the announcement.
Reasons for opting out of the MPP include:
- They were exempt and should not have been included in the program.
- The migrant did not have a non-refoulement interview, as required by protocol.
- They now meet the criteria to be exempt from the MPP.
Information for asylum seekers will also be posted on the website, according to DHS.
The public has five days to comment on the proposal.