Jail Statistics Give the Lie to Trump Asylum Policy

Many U.S. holding cells along the Mexican border were less than half full, even empty, during an unprecedented surge of asylum-seeking families from Central America, newly unsealed court documents show, raising questions about the Trump administration’s claims that it had to make people wait in Mexico because it didn’t have the means to accommodate them.

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US Sent More Than 60,000 Asylum-Seekers to Mexico in One Year

Standing in front of a black poster reading “15 miles south of here refugees are dying at our border,” a couple dozen attorneys and advocates Wednesday marked the one year anniversary of the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program that forces asylum seekers to Mexico to wait adjunction of their immigration cases.

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Credible Fear Interview

A federal court in Texas ruled that it lacks jurisdiction to hear an Angolan man’s challenges to his expedited order of removal. The asylum seeker, who was beaten by police and military in his home country because of his father’s political ties, did not understand the translator during his credible fear interview because she did not speak the dialect of Portuguese he does. 

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Judge Finds No Deportation Risk to Asylum Seekers Under Trump Rule

A federal judge overseeing an immigration class action found Tuesday that asylum seekers aren’t at risk of being deported under the “safe third country” rule to three South American countries many are fleeing, despite reports this week deportations have been made to Guatemala.

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Feds Grilled Over Trump Appointment of Immigration Official

A federal judge told the Justice Department on Tuesday that its case for the legitimacy of President Donald Trump appointing the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services eviscerates a law Congress passed to ensure top agency officials are Senate-confirmed. 

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