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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California’s Stay-at-Home Orders

A federal court in California refused to grant a temporary restraining order to the Cross Culture Christian Center in a dispute challenging the state’s stay-at-home orders, finding the orders do not violate the Constitution and are a valid use of emergency powers “especially given the extraordinary public health emergency facing the state.”

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Barr Tells Prosecutors to Look for Unconstitutional Virus Rules

Attorney General William Barr on Monday ordered federal prosecutors across the U.S. to identify coronavirus-related restrictions from state and local governments “that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.”

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Mass Gatherings

A Kentucky church lost its bid for a temporary restraining order to block enforcement of Governor Andy Beshear’s executive orders prohibiting mass gatherings in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Maryville Baptist Church, which held in-person services on Easter in defiance of the restrictions, failed to prove it would suffer “permanent and irreparable injury” absent a restraining order, a federal court in the state ruled.

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