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Asylum hearings are postponed through June 1

On April 30, the Trump administration postponed immigration court hearings for asylum seekers waiting in Mexico under the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Asylum seekers with hearings scheduled through June 1 should wait until instructed, then appear at the border to get new hearing dates. As of last Friday, there were about 25,000 asylum seekers waiting in Mexico.

DHS Publishes Notice Containing Text of Asylum Cooperative Agreement with Honduras

DHS published a notice in the Federal Register containing the text of the Asylum Cooperative Agreement between the United States and Honduras, which was signed on September 25, 2019.

A US appeals court has ruled that one attack can be enough for an asylum claim.

A gay man from Ghana was brutally attacked for his sexual orientation before he escaped and made his way to the U.S. Immigration judges denied his claim in part because there were not multiple attacks. On appeal, a federal appeals court ruled that the man must have his claim reconsidered, saying a single attack can be sufficient for an asylum claim depending on the circumstances.

Ninth Circuit Upholds Block on Trump Policy That Arbitrarily Jails Asylum Seekers

The Ninth Circuit upheld a ruling blocking a policy that categorically denied bond hearings to asylum seekers, targeted at individuals who immigration officers previously determined have a “credible fear” of persecution or torture if returned to the places they fled.

Leaked Border Patrol Memo Tells Agents to Send Migrants Back Immediately — Ignoring Asylum Law

ProPublica reports on an internal memo that orders Border Patrol agents to push the overwhelming majority of migrants back to Mexico, citing little-known power given to the CDC to ban entry of people who might spread disease. ProPublica‘s Dara Lind writes, “For the first time since the enactment of the Refugee Act in 1980, people who come to the United States saying they fear persecution in their home countries are being turned away by Border Patrol agents with no chance to make a legal case for asylum.”

The Supreme Court heard oral argument on whether rejected asylum seekers may seek judicial review

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether asylum seekers may seek judicial review after their claims are denied in summary proceedings. During oral argument, the court seemed split on whether some amount of judicial review was appropriate. This is all in light of expedited removal proceedings, where many asylum seekers are initially denied without having ever seen an immigration judge.

The U.S. government used the therapy notes of a detained asylum seeker against him in court.

19-year old Kevin Euceda came to the U.S. and applied for asylum 3 years ago. While he was detained for nearly 3 years, he was ordered to attend mandatory therapy sessions. During the confidential therapy sessions, he told the therapist about his history of physical abuse, neglect, and former gang affiliation in Honduras. In court, ICE used these confidential therapy notes against him; Kevin’s case is currently under appeal. Other asylum seekers’ therapy notes have been used against them as well. The information sharing is technically legal, but psychologists say the policy breaks important doctor-patient confidentiality.

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