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Disappointing News: Supreme Court Lifts Injunction — Allows Trump Administration’s Latest Asylum Restrictions to Take Effect

According to reporting from the Associated Press, the Supreme Court of the United States will allow the Trump Administration to enforce a devastating new rule that will prevent many Central American migrants from obtaining asylum protections in California and other states. By a vote of seven to two (7-2), the nation’s highest court has allowed…

Attorney General William Barr Promotes Immigration Judges With High Rates of Denial in Asylum Claims

On August 23rd, 2019, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that U.S. Attorney General William Barr is disproportionately promoting immigration judges with unusually high denial rates in asylum claims. This news comes at the same time that the Trump Administration is putting a number of additional barriers in front of asylum seekers — including putting some…

Trump Administration Puts Nearly 60,000 Immigration Cases on the “Fast Track” — Los Angeles is One of Ten Cities Included in the Pilot Program

According to reporting from PBS NewsHour, the Trump Administration has rolled out a new pilot program — putting more than 56,000 immigration cases on a “fast track”. Ten cities have been included within this pilot program, including Los Angeles.  While frustrating delays and lengthy backlogs have been a major problem in immigration courts, the Trump…

ProPublica Report: Asylum Seekers Who Followed Trump Administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Rule Now Being Denied Chance to Apply Because of New Trump Administration Rule

On July 22nd, 2019, ProPublica reported that thousands of vulnerable migrants are being denied a chance to apply for asylum in the United States — even though they have complied with all of the hurdles that the Trump Administration has put in from of them. Indeed, in many cases, these asylum seekers signed up for…

Proposed Trump Administration Asylum Rule Would Deny Protection to Most Central Americans

According to reporting from The New York Times, the Trump Administration is proposing a new rule that would bar most Central American migrants from applying for asylum protection in the United States. If allowed to go into effect, this immigration restriction would have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable people. Here, our…

BuzzFeed News: New USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli Sent an Email Pressuring Officials to Prevent Immigrants from Obtaining Asylum

Recently, President Donald Trump appointed Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican politician from Virginia and an opponent of immigration rights, as the Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In his first few days in the position, Acting Director Cuccinelli is already carrying out the Trump Administration’s agenda — attempting to make it more…

Homeland Security Rolls Out Invasive New Pilot Program to Test DNA of Asylum Seekers

According to reporting from NBC Southern California, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is unveiling a new plan to conduct DNA testing of asylum seekers who arrive at the border with young children. The Trump Administration claims that the highly invasive testing is necessary to prevent immigration fraud — which, despite the president’s claim, is…

President Trump is Pushing a New Rule that Would Force Asylum Seekers to Pay an Application Fee

According to reporting from The New York Times, President Trump is once again attempting to impose new burdens on people claiming asylum in the United States. On April 29th, 2019, the Trump Administration unveiled a new set of regulatory changes aimed at restricting the rights of asylum seekers. Asylum seekers are fleeing violence and persecution.…

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…

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…