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BIA Rules IJ Should Enter In Absentia Order of Removal if Individual Returned to Mexico Under MPP Fails to Appear for Hearing

In Matter of Rodriguez, the BIA ruled that if DHS returns an individual to Mexico to await an immigration hearing pursuant to the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and provides sufficient notice of that hearing, an immigration judge should enter an in absentia order of removal if the individual fails to appear for the hearing. Visit our featured issue page for more information on the MPP and tent courts.

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