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Asylum seekers must be considered for parole, judge rules


Added 07-02-18 07:22:01pm EST - “A federal judge punched another hole in the Trump administration's get-tough approach to asylum seekers Monday, ruling that the government must consider granting them parole to be released into the community while their cases are…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Asylum seekers must be considered for parole, judge rules”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A federal judge punched another hole in the Trump administration’s get-tough approach to asylum seekers Monday, ruling that the government must consider granting them parole to be released into the community while their cases are being heard.

Judge James E. Boasberg said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was violating its own 2009 policy, and must return to that directive.

His order covers five different ICE offices where parole rates had dropped to new zero, which he said meant the agency had essentially stopped doing individualized assessments and was just denying parole requests outright.

“Today’s decision will have an enormous impact on asylum seekers, who pose no risk, and are currently languishing in detention,” said Hardy Vieux, legal director at Human Rights First, one of the groups that helped bring the challenge on behalf of asylum-seekers.

The ruling is also the latest in a series of cases where the Trump administration has been found to have cut corners in its immigration policy. Judges also found problems with Homeland Security’s attempt to phase out the Obama-era DACA program, and with the Justice Department’s attempt to strip sanctuary cities of federal grant money.

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