Attorney General James Fights Trump Administration Effort to Block Immigrants from Seeking Asylum

Posted to Applied Web NY on Mon, 08/03/2020 - 17:06

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James, as part of a coalition of 22 attorneys general, today took legal action to stop the Trump Administration’s unlawful attempts to limit immigrants from accessing the nation’s asylum process. In an amicus brief — filed in support of the plaintiffs in O.A., et al. v. Trump — Attorney General James and the coalition ask the court to uphold a lower court decision that nullified a 2018 Trump Administration rule that blocked individuals who did not enter the United States through an official “port of entry” from seeking asylum. The district court previously voided the regulation, citing federal laws passed by Congress that allow all individuals who seek refuge in the United States to escape persecution in their countries of origin to apply for protection, regardless of how they enter the country.

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