Practice Advisory: Asylum Seekers Stranded in Mexico Because of the Trump Administration’s Restrictive Policies: Firm Resettlement Considerations

Last Updated

April 24, 2019

Pursuant to directives from the Trump Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been shutting its doors to asylum seekers who present themselves at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border. These directives have resulted in thousands of individuals seeking asylum under U.S. law stranded on the Mexican side of the border. Practitioners should therefore consider and prepare for potential DHS firm resettlement arguments against asylum seekers who are forced to remain in Mexico before ultimately gaining access to the U.S. asylum system. This practice advisory takes practitioners through those firm resettlement considerations and potential arguments.