Category Archives: asylum

A California Judge Halted the Trump Administration’s ‘Wait-in-Mexico’ Policy — But the Ninth Circuit Temporarily Blocked the Ruling

As reported by The Washington Post, Judge Richard Seeborg, a federal judge from San Francisco, ruled that the Trump Administration’s ‘Wait-in-Mexico’ policy for asylum-seekers violates key provisions of federal immigration law. In recent months, the Trump Administration has been forcing many asylum-seekers to return to Mexico while they were awaiting their court date. However, on... READ MORE

Confusion at the U.S.-Mexico Border; ICE is Unable to Answer Basic Questions About Trump Administration’s New Asylum Policy

According to reporting from Colorlines, legal representatives for United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are struggling to answer many basic questions about the Trump Administration’s so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy for asylum seekers. Desperate migrants who are seeking asylum in Southern California are increasingly being forced to deal with a confusing and potentially dangerous... READ MORE

Ninth Circuit Court Rules in Favor of Asylum Seekers — Blocks Some ‘Fast Track’ Deportations

According to reporting from The New York Times, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled in favor of asylum seekers who were facing possible ‘fast track’ deportation from the Trump Administration. In the case of Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam v. United States Department of Homeland Security, the appeals court broadened protections for... READ MORE

Report: Smugglers, Criminal Groups are Benefiting From President Trump’s Draconian Immigration Policies

President Trump has consistently pushed policies that make life significantly more difficult for immigrants and their families. Yet, there are some groups who appear to have benefited directly from the administration’s immigration policies: smugglers and criminal gangs in Mexico.   On February 4th, 2019, USA Today published a story on the impacts that the Trump... READ MORE

Asylum Denials Hit Record High Under the Trump Administration

According to reporting from CBS News, immigration law judges under the Trump Administration are denying asylum applications at a record rate. In the 2018 fiscal year, 42,000 asylum cases were decided: asylum was denied in approximately 65 percent of these cases. More asylum applications were rejected in 2018 than in any other year for which... READ MORE

Asylum Applicants Can Spend Months or Years in Detention — Even Without a Criminal Record

For immigrants, being held in a detention facility can be a long and unpredictable experience. The United States government is, unfortunately, notoriously slow in processing applications for asylum and other immigration cases. While many people have a vague understanding that immigration courts have a large backlog, most people do not know the true effects that... READ MORE

California Federal Judge: Trump Administration Cannot Immediately Deport Hundreds of Reunited Families

On August 16th, 2018, a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California blocked the Trump Administration from putting hundreds of migrant parents and children on the fast-track for deportation. Notably, these migrants were recently reunited after being torn apart by the Administration’s immoral family separation policy. In the... READ MORE

Immigrants in South California Facility File Lawsuit Over Inhumane Conditions

On August 1st, 2018, a civil rights lawsuit was filed on behalf of immigrants being detained in Southern California. According to reporting from The Orange County Register, litigation is now in progress to protect the rights of migrant being held at San Bernardino County’s Victorville prison complex. This lawsuit was filed in the United States... READ MORE