Vishnu Kannan

Vishnu Kannan is an intern at Lawfare and a research intern in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. He is a student at Michigan State University.

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ACLU Sues Over Asylum Rule Change

The ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed suit over the Trump administration’s recently announced policy to bar asylum applications from migrants travelling to the United States who have travelled through a third country en route. The complaint argues that the policy violates the will of Congress expressed in the Immigration and Nationality Act. The document is available in its entirety here and below.



Trump Administration Bars Asylum for Central Americans Traveling Through Mexico

The Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security are amending their respective regulations to limit asylum claims made by any migrants who attempt to enter the United States along the southern border without first applying for asylum in a third country through which they travelled. The rule would have the effect of sharply limiting asylum claims for non-Mexicans attempting to enter the United States by traveling through Mexico. The rule is available here and below.