Category Archives: asylum

Biden Administration Prepares Rollback of ‘Remain and Mexico’ Policy, Set to Begin Processing Asylum Applications

According to a new report from the Los Angeles Times, the Biden Administration is planning to start processing the application of asylum seekers who were forced to ‘remain in Mexico’ under rules and regulations put in place by President Trump. In doing so, the administration will allow thousands of migrants who have been stuck waiting... READ MORE

USCIS Finalizes Changes: Many Immigration Fees are Increasing

Pushed aggressively by the Trump Administration, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is increasing a number of different immigration fees. As reported by CNN, the immigration agency has officially updated its fee structure after a nearly year-long review. Here, our Los Angeles immigration lawyer provides an overview of the immigration fee increases and explains... READ MORE

Los Angeles Times Editorial: The U.S. Government Used Private Disclosures Made in Therapy Sessions Against a Teenage Asylum Seeker

On March 10th, 2020, the Los Angeles Times published an important editorial highlighting the disheartening and distributing case of a 17-year-old asylum seeker who had seemingly protected disclosures he made in therapy used against him in official legal proceedings.  While the boy was told that the information he shared with mental health professionals would be... READ MORE

Federal Appeals Court Blocks the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” Policy—But It Will Remain in Place for Now

According to a report from The Washington Post, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the Trump Administration’s implementation of the Migrant Protocols Protocols (MPP)—often referred to more simply as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. However, later in that afternoon, the San Francisco-based federal court voted to suspend its order, which will allow the MPP... READ MORE

A Gay Asylum Seeker Sought Protection in the United States; the Trump Administration Sent him to Guatemala

According to reporting from Buzzfeed News, an LGBT asylum seeker was recently sent to Guatemala as part of President Trump’s new so-called “Safe Third Country” program. This took place despite the fact that Guatemala—a country that is dealing with considerable levels of poverty and violence—is essentially just as dangerous as Honduras and El Salvador. Here,... READ MORE

ProPublica: Government Policies and Border Patrol Carelessness are Still Causing Family Separation at the U.S./Mexico Border

On January 31st, 2020, ProPublica published a disturbing account of how the Border Patrol’s heightened legal powers and the agency’s general carelessness have resulted in continued family separations at the southern border. The account that is highlighted in the report paints a very troubling picture of how the Trump Administration is treating vulnerable asylum-seekers.    Families... READ MORE

Los Angeles Times: Once a Haven for Immigrants, A City is Turning Against Refugees Under President Trump

On January 9th, 2020, the Los Angeles Times published an important and illuminating story on Bismarck, North Dakota—a relatively small and racially homogenous city that, while once considered to be a haven for refugees from all around the world, has become a much more challenging place for immigrants to live in the era of President... READ MORE

Los Angeles Times: Asylum Officers are Pushing Back Against Trump Administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

On November 15th, 2019, the Los Angeles Times published a story about an asylum officer who is standing up and fighting back against President Trump’s “illegal” and “immoral” immigration policies. Doug Stephens, a Northern California-based asylum officer, told reporters from the Los Angeles Times that he will no longer implement the Trump Administration’s so-called ‘Migrant... READ MORE

Trump Administration Officials Are Pushing New Immigration Fees—Including for Asylum Applications and DACA Renewals

According to reporting from BuzzFeed News, Trump Administration officials are actively pushing new and increased immigration fees. Not only is President Trump proposing a new rule that would require asylum seekers to pay a fee, but administration officials are also moving forward on increased fees across several different types of immigration applications. Here, our immigration... READ MORE