By Adonay “Andy” Davila, Project Manager, ASTS
In 2019, Ahtna Support and Training Services, LLC (ASTS) was tasked with starting up and providing services for the newly created Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) program. In less than 90 days, the ASTS team was able to staff, develop operating procedures, and procure the necessary equipment, supplies, and uniforms to perform a service never before provided by the government. In 2021, the MPP program resurfaced and was again awarded to ASTS due to the superior and reliable service provided during the initial contract. The project entails providing supervision, labor, equipment and services to meet the migrant escort and observation needs of the temporary immigration hearing facilities at U.S. government facilities located at the Ports of Entry in Brownsville and Laredo, Texas. The MPP project has created a total of 73 jobs in South Texas.