Metering Update: May 2020   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "Since April 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been stationed at the United States' international boundary with Mexico and have informed arriving asylum seekers that U.S. ports of entry are full. Simultaneously, CBP officials also began accepting limited numbers of asylum seekers each day, in a process that is known as metering. As lines of asylum seekers grew longer in border cities, Mexican authorities and civil society groups responded by providing humanitarian assistance and creating informal waitlists. On March 20, 2020, CBP stopped processing asylum seekers at ports of entry, due to the spread of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. At this time, CBP announced that it would 'only be processing individuals for essential travel' [hyperlink] at U.S. ports of entry, and did not include processing asylum seekers in its list of essential travel activities. This announcement has been repeatedly extended, with the current update noting that CBP's changes would 'remain in place until June 22, 2020' [hyperlink]. This report by the Robert S. Strauss Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the Center for U.S.- Mexican Studies (USMEX) at the University of California San Diego provides an update on metering along the U.S.-Mexico border amid CBP's suspension. It covers how the shutdown has affected metering lists and asylum seekers along the border, and how migrant shelters have responded to the spread of COVID-19."

Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law; Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies
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