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Request pending for court to address third-country asylum ban

On Behalf of | Sep 12, 2019 | Asylum

People seeking asylum in Florida will have to continue to wait to see if the Trump administration’s third-country asylum ban goes into effect. A federal court placed a nationwide injunction on the policy that bars people from seeking asylum in the United States if they have passed through a third country without asking for asylum there first. The Trump administration has filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States asking the high court to rule in favor of the ban. The request is pending.

The full nationwide injunction came on the heels of another court ruling that had limited the ban to certain border states. The judge responsible for the most recent decision believed that the ban was at odds with existing asylum laws.

Commenting on the recent injunction, the acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner said that the federal government will persist in its desire to make the third-country asylum ban become national policy. He blamed judicial activism for preventing the government’s attempt to halt Central American refugees from crossing Mexico and asking for asylum at the southern U.S. border. The most recent court ruling against the ban was praised by the American Civil Liberties Union. An attorney for the organization commended the judge for recognizing the dangers that threaten asylum seekers at the southern border.

With immigration regulations in flux, a person who wishes to apply for asylum might meet goals with the representation of an attorney. A person may learn the criteria for seeking asylum from an attorney knowledgeable about the asylum application process. Information about rights and advice about how to answer questions provided by an attorney might prepare a person to approach immigration authorities and navigate the bureaucracy.