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Asylum Officers Union and Former U.S. Officials File Amicus Briefs Condemning Remain in Mexico Policy

Two amicus briefs were filed yesterday in Innovation Law Lab v. McAleenan, a case challenging the administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPPs), commonly known as the Remain in Mexico policy. Local 1924 of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents over 2,500 bargaining unit employees of USCIS, submitted an amicus brief arguing that the MPPs don’t streamline processes, but rather make the system less efficient. In a separate amicus brief, former immigration, national security, foreign policy, and other public officials stated that “the government’s purported justifications for the MPP[s] do not pass muster.”

Sometimes the US is not the land of the free

Politico reports that newly released government records show that, from mid-July 2014 through August 31, 2015, immigration judges issued nearly 2,800 removal orders for child migrants from Central America who were afforded no defense lawyer and only a single hearing. In at least 40 percent of those cases, the defendant was 16 years old or younger, and at least 392 children were 14 or younger. The article quotes AILA

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