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The E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in Washington where a federal judge ruled against the Trump administration's detention of asylum seekers. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption
The E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in Washington where a federal judge ruled against the Trump administration's detention of asylum seekers.
In a legal setback for the Trump administration's immigration policies, a federal judge in Washington D.C. has ruled that the government may not arbitrarily detain people seeking asylum.
The ruling comes in a case challenging the administration's policy of detaining people even after they have passed a credible fear interview and await a hearing on their asylum claim.
The lead plaintiff in the case is a teacher from Haiti, Ansley Damus, who has been confined in Ohio for more than a year-and-a-half. He fled his homeland fearing violence and political persecution and asked for asylum in the United States. An immigration judge granted him asylum not just once, but twice. But Damus remains locked up indefinitely as the government appeals those decisions.
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