Civil Rights Groups Challenge Feds’ Expulsion of Immigrant Children Seeking Asylum

Three nonprofit groups filed a class action Friday evening against the Trump administration’s controversial use of a Covid-19 emergency health order to immediately expel migrant children out of the country, claiming the children are denied the usual immigration protections in spite of showing no signs of the disease.

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Judge Considers Certifying Class Action of Thousands of Asylum Seekers

Comparing a proposed class action by asylum seekers challenging the federal government’s denial of access to the immigration process to cases by prisoners challenging their denial of medical care, a federal judge Thursday appeared poised to approve the action, which could provide relief to thousands of immigrants.

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Ninth Circuit Considers Undoing Block of Asylum Ban

The Ninth Circuit Friday considered whether the Trump administration’s asylum ban could apply to those “metered” at ports of entry and waiting their turn to enter the United States when the ban went into effect last year, a decision which could determine whether an estimated 26,000 people will get their day in Immigration Court.

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Asylum Request

The Board of Immigration Appeals failed to account for evidence of changed country conditions when it declined to reopen an asylum request for two practicing Catholics from Indonesia who overstayed their non-immigrant visas in the U.S, the Second Circuit ruled. The two offered sufficient proof of the rise of hardline non-Muslim sentiment and persecution of Christians in the country. 

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Safe Release Program

A federal court in California dismissed San Diego County’s suit against the federal government for ending a “safe release” program, which helped asylum seekers travel to sponsors across the country. The county lacks standing to pursue its claims under the Administrative Procedures Act and the county failed to state a due process claim under a “legally cognizable theory.”

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