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ACLU Files Lawsuit Regarding Expedited Removal and Matter of A-B- Asylum Policies

The district court issued an opinion finding that several of the credible fear policies articulated in Matter of A-B- and a subsequent Policy Memo, including the general rule against domestic violence and gang-related claims, are arbitrary and capricious and contrary to law. The court enjoined the government from continuing to apply the unlawful policies and from removing plaintiffs who are currently in the United States without first providing credible fear determinations consistent with the immigration laws. The court also ordered the government to return to the United States the plaintiffs who were unlawfully deported and to provide them with new credible fear determinations. (Grace v. Whitaker, 12/19/18)

Another one of Trumps polices struck down in Court

Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Interim Final Rule on Asylum Claims Along the Southern Border

The district court, which had previously entered a temporary restraining order against the implementation of the November 9, 2018, interim final rule on asylum claims along the southern border, issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the government from taking any action continuing to implement the rule.

Trump Administration Sows Chaos, Risks Lives with “Remain in Mexico” Policy

DHS announced a new policy that would force most asylum seekers who have passed a preliminary screening to remain in Mexico pending a full hearing before an immigration judge.

EOIR Releases Two Memos Related to Case Priorities and Performance Measures

EOIR supplemented its January 17, 2018, memo, Case Priorities and Immigration Court Performance Measures by announcing the tracking and expedition of “family unit” cases at ten immigration court locations. EOIR further supplemented the January memo by heightening the bar for overcoming a 180-day adjudication window, stating that for an immigration judge to grant a continuance resulting in an asylum case taking longer than 180 days to adjudicate, a respondent must satisfy the good-cause standard and show exceptional circumstances.

9th Circuit Rules against Trump’s Asylum Ban

The 9th Circuit just ruled that it was unlawful for Trump to deny Central Americans into the U.S. to apply for asylum and cannot unilaterally stop asylum laws.

Mother Jones: “In Any Other Judicial System, the Government Cannot Just Take Away Your Kid”

Mother Jones reports on ICE’s use of family separation outside of the context of the “zero-tolerance” border policy, sharing the story of a woman who was detained with her 2-year-old daughter after they fled Honduras. The mother passed her credible fear interview, and then her daughter was separated from her because the mother was found to be a safety risk to her child, presumably based on information she provided during her interview

Court Denies Asylum for Failure to Meet Nexus, “Particularity” Prong

The First Circuit upheld BIA denials that the petitioner was targeted based on her family relationship and that “single mothers with no male protection who are unable to relocate in El Salvador” are a particular social group. The court also denied the CAT claim, affirming that the petitioner presented no evidence that a Salvadoran official would acquiesce to the petitioner’s torture by gang members.
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