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For asylum seekers at the southern border, the new rule barring asylum for those who have passed through a third country will go into effect in Texas and New Mexico (which are not part of the Ninth Circuit), but not in California and Arizona (which are in the Ninth Circuit).
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Friday that the injunction against the Trump administration's new asylum rule, which denies asylum to migrants who attempt to enter the U.S. along the southern border without first applying for asylum in a third country through which they traveled, is enforceable only within the Ninth Circuit. The order is available here and below.
Every month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Mexico's National Migration Institute release their migration apprehension numbers that chart the movements of Central Americans across the region.
Judge Randolph Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated on Friday a presidential proclamation barring people who enter the country outside ports of entry from seeking asylum. The policy had been temporarily enjoined by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California. The ruling is available here and below.
On July 29, Attorney General William Barr overruled a Board of Immigration Appeals decision, writing that most nuclear families do not qualify as “particular social groups” for the purposes of the Immigration and Nationality Act. As a result, individuals persecuted based on their family ties no longer qualify for asylum on that basis. The complete ruling is available here and below.
The Supreme Court has granted a stay of an injunction on the Trump administration's construction of a wall along the southern border pursuant to a declaration of national emergency. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan would have denied the government's application for a stay, while Justice Stephen Breyer wrote dissenting in part and concurring in part. The document is available here and below.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit limited the scope of the government’s ability to prosecute people for illegally crossing the border, holding that only people who cross through open ports of entry without authorization—as opposed to crossing the border some other way—can be prosecuted for “eluding examination or inspection by immigration officers.” In U.S. v.
A federal district court has put a hold on the Trump administration’s newest asylum restrictions on the grounds that they likely clash with existing immigration statutes.
Unauthorized border crossings are the most prosecuted federal crime in the U.S. and an unlikely focus of the Democratic presidential primary. Why have such crimes come into the spotlight? And what effect would decriminalizing illegal entry into the U.S. really have?