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Trump Proposes a Refugee Ceiling of 18,000 for FY2020

The White House released a document noting that President Trump is proposing a refugee ceiling of 18,000 for FY2020. Further, the president also issued an executive order instructing the federal government to settle refugees only in those jurisdictions in which both the state and local governments have consented to receive refugees under the DOS Reception and Placement Program. CNN reports that the proposed refugee ceiling would mark a “new historic low” and that the executive order could allow states and local jurisdictions to deny refugees entry.

Advocacy Groups File Lawsuit Seeking Release of Records on Government’s New Credible Fear Screening Procedures

few weeks ago, reports emerged that DHS had begun utilizing CBP officers to conduct credible fear interviews, but the unprecedented shift in functions remains shrouded in secrecy. The American Immigration Council and Tahirih Justice Center recently filed a FOIA lawsuit to uncover more information about this move and how it’s altering the asylum process.

AG William Barr Promotes Immigration Judges with High Asylum Denial Rates

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Trump administration has promoted six judges to the BIA — all of whom have high rates of denying immigrants’ asylum claims. “The [BIA’s] primary function is to ensure rule of law and impartiality, yet the [DOJ] cherry-picked judges from the harshest jurisdictions with the lowest asylum grant rates in the nation

U.S. Senators Urge Attorney General to Rescind Decision on Matter of L‑E‑A‑

Twelve senators sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr urging him to rescind his decision in Matter of L‑E‑A‑, which limits access to asylum for people fleeing persecution abroad because of their family ties, citing that his decision disregards decades of legal precedent.

District Court Issues TRO to Block New USCIS Asylum Policy Affecting UACs

The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland granted the plaintiffs’ motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO), blocking the implementation of the May 31, 2019, USCIS memo regarding updated procedures for asylum applications filed by unaccompanied children (UACs) for 14 days from issuance of the court’s order.

Asylum 2.0 in effect outside of 9th Circuit

9th Circuit rules Asylum 2.0 cannot go in effect. At the present time. It would harm those actually applying for asylum.

U.S. District Court for Northern District of California Enjoins Trump Administration from Implementing New Asylum Restrictions

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar issued an order enjoining the government from taking any action continuing to implement the July 16, 2019, DHS and DOJ joint interim final rule, entitled Asylum Eligibility and Procedural Modifications, and requiring the government to return to its pre-rule practices for processing asylum applications, pending final judgment or further order of the court.

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