JFS Guest Appearance on UNICEF USA Podcast: Defending Migrant Families
The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain in Mexico,” force asylum-seekers to live across the border while they wait for their case to be heard in U.S. court. Asylum-seekers have no guaranteed right to an attorney, and without representation the odds of securing asylum are nearly impossible. In June 2019, there were 12,997 pending MPP cases on the Immigration Court docket. Of these, only 163 individuals had found representation — just 1.3%. As the legal partner for the San Diego Rapid Response Network, we’ve stepped up on the front lines to offer pro bono representation and help migrants in Tijuana navigate the complicated world of asylum law.
Kate Clark, Senior Director of Immigration Services, sat down to chat with Eitan Peled from UNICEF USA on their UNITE for Children podcast. Tune in to hear Kate explain how MPP has grave consequences for asylum-seekers and how recent changes in immigration law negatively affect children from around the world. Find the episode here: https://soundcloud.com/unicefusa/episode-19-kate-clark
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