The Trump administration has launched an unprecedented assault against asylum seekers. In its latest move, it issued a sweeping asylum ban, barring from asylum eligibility any refugee who crossed through another country on her way to the United States without first requesting asylum in that country. This focus on demonizing and criminalizing people seeking protection from persecution flouts administrative and statutory protections in the United States.
In response to the administration’s latest attack on asylum, Human Rights First, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (“CAIR Coalition”), and Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services Inc. (RAICES), on behalf of themselves and nine asylum seekers, filed a lawsuit to challenge this ban and protect the rights of asylum seekers.
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Citation: Human Rights First
Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition v. Trump; I.A. v. Barr