Attorney General James Helps Secure Victory for Asylum Seekers, Court Rules Chad Wolf is Unlawfully Serving as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security

Posted to Applied Web NY on Mon, 09/14/2020 - 20:23

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James helped score a major victory for asylum seekers Friday night, persuading the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to order a preliminary injunction and block two Trump Administration rules that limit access to employment authorizations for asylum seekers. Under the two new rules, individuals seeking asylum in the United States are indefinitely delayed and barred, in some cases, from obtaining authorization to work. Not only did the district court agree with Attorney General James’ arguments in an amicus brief filed last month in the case that these rules are unlawful and should be preliminarily halted, but the court also said that the rules should have never been implemented because the purported acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Chad Wolf, never legally ascended to the position — and thus, from the first day Wolf unlawfully assumed the role of purported acting secretary, he has lacked authority to issue orders or take other official actions.

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