(PoliticalLookout.Com)- As the Chinese coronavirus continues to sweep throughout the United States, President Donald Trump this week decided to extend the current delays on asylum seeker court hearings.
Migrant Protection Protocol hearings will be delayed for the foreseeable future until the country can return to normal.
Under these Migrant Protection Protocols, foreign nationals applying for asylum in the United States will be made to continue waiting in Mexico until their court hearings take place and end. The move will prove controversial with Democrats who have consistently argued it is unfair for asylum applicants to be forced to wait in Mexico, despite a great many of the applicants previously allowed to stay in the U.S. disappearing before the trials even took place.
All hearings that were scheduled through May 1 will now be postponed, a statement from the Department of Homeland Security and Executive Office for Immigration Review confirmed on Wednesday.
“Due to continued circumstances related to COVID-19 and newly-issued guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Departments of Justice and [DHS] have determined to extend the temporary postponement of Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) hearings scheduled through Friday, May 1, 2020,” the statement reads.
The DHS and OIR also confirmed that all “presently scheduled hearings will be rescheduled” and that the Departments will continue to review conditions relating to the Chinese coronavirus, and further determinations will be made when necessary to ensure that the hearings can proceed “when appropriate.”
Migrants who were waiting for their hearing between now and May 1 were instructed to go to their designated port of entry on the date of their original hearing to find out the new date for their hearings.
The Migrant Protection Protocols program was a measure put in place by President Trump in January 2019. It ended the madness of the previous system that saw thousands of illegal immigrants disappear before trials began, never to be seen again. It requires migrants who reach the southern U.S. border to claim asylum and remain outside of the United States until a verdict has been made on their asylum application.
Since January 2019, MPP has proven to be one of the most effective ways of stopping the huge flow of illegal immigrants into the United States.