‘Remain in Mexico’ Asylum Policy Blocked
Judge Richard Seeborg, a federal judge in San Francisco, California issued an order on Monday, April 08, 2019 that would block the Trump administration’s policy of returning asylum-seekers to Mexico while they wait for a court hearing. Unfortunately, Judge Seeborg’s ruling will not take effect until Friday, April 12, 2019. The reasoning for this timeline was to give the Trump administration plenty of time to file an appeal. According to Judy Rabinovitz, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the new policy brought forth by the Trump administration, “asylum seekers are not guaranteed interpreters or lawyers and don’t get to argue to a judge that they face the potential of persecution or torture if they are sent back to Mexico.” She has also stated that, “the Trump administration cannot simply ignore our laws in order to accomplish its goal of preventing people from seeking asylum in the United States.” Under Judge Seeborg’s ruling he states that, “further procedural protections would be required to conform to the government’s acknowledged obligation to ensure aliens are not returned to unduly dangerous circumstances.” Charanya Krishnaswami, of Amnesty International USA stated that, “Asylum seekers passing through Mexico have already endured dangerous journeys to flee desperate situations. Returning them to Mexico and forcing them to wait there would put them at real risk of serious human rights violations.” With the ruling happening just a day after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson’s resignation both sides of the issue seem to be making huge changes. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to the new ruling and how it may affect you please feel free to contact an immigration attorney.