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Ten Transgender Women Seeking Asylum Just Won Their Immigration Cases After Months of Violence and Discrimination

CBS reports that 10 transgender women who were part of a roughly 80-member group of LGBTQ+ migrants from Central America recently won their asylum cases and were released from a detention center in Texas.

Court Grants Asylum to Mexican Man Persecuted After Refusing to Allow Cartel Leader to “Possess” His Wife

The Seventh Circuit granted the petition for review and remanded, finding that the record compelled a finding that the torture and persecution that the petitioner had suffered in the past at the hands of a Mexican drug cartel and feared in the future were and would be because of his membership in the particular social group of his wife’s family, and thus that he had demonstrated statutory eligibility for asylum in the United States.

ABA Sends Letter to Attorney General Urging Reconsideration of Matter of M‑S‑

The American Bar Association (ABA) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr urging him to reconsider his decision in Matter of M‑S‑, stating that it “will result in an increase in length and unnecessary detention of vulnerable asylum seekers at significant cost to the government.”

Court Upholds Asylum Denial to Guatemalan Woman Who Was Repeatedly Abused by Domestic Partner

The Eighth Circuit upheld the BIA’s denial of asylum to the petitioner, finding that a reasonable adjudicator would not be compelled to find that the Guatemalan government was and would be unwilling or unable to protect the petitioner against her daughter’s abusive father.

District Court Orders Timely Bond Hearings for Detained Asylum Seekers

In Padilla v. ICE, the court issued a preliminary injunction requiring the government to provide certain detained asylum seekers with a bond hearing within seven days of a bond hearing request and to release those individuals whose detention time exceeds that limit.

Judge Tells Trump to Stop Sending Central American Asylum Seekers Back to Mexico

Vox reports on the order issued yesterday by a federal judge in California enjoining the Trump administration from continuing to implement or expand the Migrant Protection Protocols, commonly known as the Remain in Mexico policy. Since late January, the policy has resulted in more than 600 asylum seekers being sent back to Mexico.

Trump Officials Are Seeking to Double the Time Asylum Seekers Must Wait to Legally Work

Buzzfeed News reports that USCIS officials plan to propose a regulation that would double the time individuals who apply for asylum must wait before qualifying for a work permit, from 180 to 365 days. The proposal, which is not yet finalized, would apply to both affirmative asylum seekers who apply while already in the United States and to those who apply for asylum after crossing the border and being referred to immigration court.

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