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Supreme Court says Trump administration can begin denying asylum to migrants while legal fight continues

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Supreme Court says Trump administration can begin denying asylum to migrants while legal fight continues

By Robert Barnes September 11 at 9:57 PM The Trump administration can begin denying asylum requests from migrants at the southern border who have traveled through Mexico or another country without seeking protection there, after the Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted a lower court’s block on the new restriction. The justices put on hold an injunction from lower courts in California that halted the new rule pending additional legal action; there, a district judge had said it probably ran afoul of a federal statute and administrative law requirements. President Trump’s policy is a dramatic change in the way the federal...


Migrant Families Would Face Indefinite Detention Under New Trump Rule

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Migrant Families Would Face Indefinite Detention Under New Trump Rule

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration unveiled a regulation on Wednesday that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border illegally, replacing a decades-old court agreement that limited how long the government could hold migrant children in custody and mandated the level of care they must receive. The White House has for more than a year pressed the Department of Homeland Security to find a way to eliminate the agreement, known as the Flores settlement, a shift that immigration hard-liners inside the administration say is crucial to halt the flow of migrants across the southwestern border. The new regulation...


Trump Has Right to End DACA Justice Dept. Tells Supreme Court

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Trump Has Right to End DACA Justice Dept. Tells Supreme Court

By Michael D. Shear Aug. 19, 2019 WASHINGTON — Justice Department lawyers told the Supreme Court on Monday that President Trump acted lawfully in September 2017 when he decided to end an Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation. In a legal brief submitted to the court, the lawyers asserted that the president was fully within his rights to eliminate the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and said the lower courts were mistaken when they said Mr. Trump’s action almost two years ago was arbitrary. The Department of Homeland Security “correctly, and at...


Migrant Chidren Are Entitled to Toothbrushes and Soap, Federal Court Rules

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Migrant Chidren Are Entitled to Toothbrushes and Soap, Federal Court Rules

A federal court on Thursday rejected the government’s argument that it is not required to provide migrant children with toothbrushes, soap and showers. Credit Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times By Caitlin Dickerson Aug. 15, 2019 A federal appeals court panel ruled on Thursday that the government must provide detained migrant children with basic hygiene supplies such as toothbrushes and sleeping mats, ending a debate that incited national outrage after a Justice Department lawyer argued against the need to do so. The exchange in June between the lawyer and a panel of openly aghast federal judges spread rapidly...


Caged alone 24 hours a day, denied medicine: lawsuit claims 'torture' in US migrant jails

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Caged alone 24 hours a day, denied medicine: lawsuit claims 'torture' in US migrant jails

Melvin Murillo Hernandez suffered allergic reactions so bad he had to be hospitalized four times. Martín Muñoz had no access to insulin for ten long days. Denied a wheelchair, Faour Abdallah Fraihat was unable to get to the cafeteria. The men are three of 15 plaintiffs and two not-for-profit groups alleging “horrific conditions” and “torture” in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) detention centers in a new class-action lawsuit on behalf of 55,000 detainees. The plaintiffs, who live with conditions ranging from cerebral palsy and bipolar disorder to blindness and schizophrenia, accuse the US government of denying jailed migrants food, medicine,...