As of mid-December, more than 56,000 people who had entered the United States seeking asylum from persecution had been sent back to Mexico to wait for their cases to be heard. They are there because of the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocol, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. That policy has been in effect since Jan. 24, 2019.
St. Paul-based immigration attorney Kim Hunter is spending six months serving as a Border Fellow with the Lawyers for Good Government Foundation’s Project Corazon. That project is bringing legal services to asylum seekers living in a tent city in Matamoros, Mexico, which is just across the border from Brownsville, Texas.