Featured Issue: Port Courts

DHS has erected tent structures in Laredo and Brownsville, Texas, where individuals subjected to the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), commonly known as the Remain in Mexico program, will have their cases heard via video teleconference (VTC) by an immigration judge (IJ) in another location.

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Searching for Fairness and Transparency at Port Courts


AILA Delegation Visits Port Court (November 13-15, 2019)

AILA President Marketa Lindt, Executive Director Ben Johnson, Chair of the Southern Border Taskforce Andrew Nietor, and Policy Counsel Leidy Pérez-Davis visited Brownsville, Texas where DHS opened a massive temporary tent facility that functions as a virtual courtroom for asylum seekers subject to the Remain in Mexico (RIM) policy. These tent courts have been shrouded in secrecy since they were opened in September 2019. Despite many requests, DHS has consistently denied AILA and other organizations access to the facilities.

Join AILA in urging members of Congress to demand public access to the tent courts and defund the dangerous RIM program altogether by sending an email to your legislators:


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Cite as AILA Doc. No. 19091660.