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(CNSNews.com) - A federal court in Seattle on Tuesday delivered another setback to the Trump administration's immigration control efforts.
The court said illegal immigrants seeking asylum must be given bond hearings within seven days of requesting one; and those who are in detention for more than seven days without such a hearing must be released.
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Further, the ruling said the burden of proof is on the Department of Homeland Security, which must demonstrate why an illegal immigrant should not be released on bond.
On April 16, Attorney General William Barr issued an order saying aliens must be detained until their asylum claim of “credible fear” is adjudicated. Tuesday's court ruling blocks Barr's order.
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Michael Tan, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said, "The court forcefully rejected the Trump administration’s bid to arbitrarily jail asylum-seekers without a hearing. Try as it may, the administration cannot circumvent the Constitution in its effort to deter and punish asylum-seekers applying for protection.”
Also on Tuesday, the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security released a report, complete with photographs, titled, "DHS Needs to Address Dangerous Overcrowding and Prolonged Detention of Children and Adults in the Rio Grande Valley."
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"During the week of June 10, 2019, we traveled to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas and again observed serious overcrowding and prolonged detention in Border Patrol facilities requiring immediate attention," the report says.
The report noted that the Rio Grande Valley has the highest volume of people crossing the Southwest border, with nearly a quarter million apprehensions in the first eight months of FY 2019. "This total represents...
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