Tag: asylum

Citing DHS secretary’s unlawful appointment, court blocks changes further gutting asylum system

Policy experts had said that if the rules had gone into effect, “none but the lucky few will be able to win asylum. The regulation creates near-total bans on asylum for wide swathes of people and herculean procedural barriers.” Even though the nearly 90,000 comments made when the administration opened the rule to public comment were in opposition to the changes, the administration set them to go into effect nine days before Biden is to be sworn into office. ”Aaron Frankel, an attorney for plaintiffs, has called the rules ‘nothing less than an attempt to end the asylum...

Immigrant Kids Are Being Expelled From The US Without The Chance To Seek Asylum

John Moore / Getty Images BuzzFeed News has reporters around the world bringing you trustworthy stories about the impact of the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, become a member. After weeks of traveling through Mexico carrying her infant daughter, the 17-year-old thought she would soon be reunited with her parents and finally leave behind the threat of the men who had raped her in Guatemala.Claudia had just been rescued by Border Patrol agents after the smuggler her parents had hired abandoned her in the Arizona desert. The teenager had survived a situation...

US To Start Charging Asylum Seekers Application Fees

The US will become just one of just four countries to charge asylum-seekers a fee to apply for protections, according to a finalized policy announced Friday.The move is just the latest by the Trump administration to target and restrict protections for those fleeing their home countries. The US now joins the ranks of Iran, Fiji, and Australia in charging a fee. In the US, asylum-seekers will be charged $50 on asylum applications starting in October.“A $50 fee is in line with the fees charged by these other nations,” the US Citizenship and Immigration Services...

Immigration judge grants New Haven teen’s asylum request

After ICE detained 18-year-old Mario Aguilar, teachers sent him schoolwork so he wouldn't fall behind and traveled to court hearings so he'd see a friendly face. Students saved his seat, made "Free Mario" signs in the school's print shop and rallied for his release.Monday, Aguilar's supporters said they'd finally gotten good news. "The immigration judge granted asylum in Mario's case, and we are thrilled with that result," attorney Ben Haldeman said in an email. But the teen remains detained. And it's unclear when he'll be released.An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman said the agency...

Immigration: Supreme Court to consider rights of asylum seekers to challenge expedited removal orders

The Trump administration had asked the court to review an opinion of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals that would allow those who have been denied asylum the opportunity to make their claims in federal courts. If the opinion is ultimately upheld, it could open the doors to more asylum seekers at a time when the administration has attempted to dramatically limit who's eligible for asylum in the US. The case centers on Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam, a native citizen of Sri Lanka who's a member of an ethnic minority group. He was arrested 25...