Judge Considers Restraining Government From Blocking Asylum Seeker’s Access to Counsel

A federal judge asked for clarification Friday about how exactly the federal government’s “Migrant Protection Protocols” are being employed by immigration agents at the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego as he considers whether asylum seekers have a right to counsel when being interviewed about their fear of being returned to Mexico.

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Border Arrests and Denials for Entry Skyrocketed in Fiscal Year 2019

The Trump administration’s incessant rollout of immigration-stifling policies this year seem to have had their desired effect: Arrests and entry denials by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the southwest border fell from 144,000 in May to 52,000 last month. But the agency’s director said Tuesday the “crisis” is not over.

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Refuge-Seekers Suffer a US Bait & Switch

Julio Lopez and his family faced a decision when they reached the U.S. border to seek asylum: cross illegally or follow government instructions to stay in Mexico, even if it meant waiting for months. The Salvadoran family waited to make their case, only to find out the Trump administration is no longer allowing in people like them.

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DOJ Tells Texas Court it Should Not Judge Merits of Trump’s Border Declaration

Lawyers for the Trump administration told a federal judge in Texas Thursday that the nation’s lawmakers, not its courts, should determine whether or not the president’s declaration of an emergency at the southern border constitutes an abuse of power, as critics have alleged in multiple lawsuits playing out across the country.

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