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Wednesday, US District Judge Emmet Sullivan (the same judge presiding over former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s sentencing) ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in a complaint brought by the ACLU against the Justice Department’s guidance on the application of asylum benefits.
The guidance issued by then Attorney General Sessions sought to curb the overuse of “credible fear claims” test.
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The revised rules were announced by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the summer. The new policy made it harder for asylum seekers to make “credible fear claims” of domestic or gang-related violence back home, in expedited removal immigration proceedings.
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“The vast majority of the current asylum claims are not valid,” Sessions said in June.
Federal officials said they made changes to prevent fraud within the asylum system, though the policy also enabled speedy deportations that were later challenged.
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A group of asylum seekers, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, sued the Trump administration in federal court.
The Justice Department responded to the...
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