REPORT: Migrant mothers and children sue Trump administration over asylum ban

REUTERS.COM:

(Reuters) – More than 125 migrant mothers and children have sued the U.S. government, claiming the Trump administration has violated the rights of asylum-seekers through the arbitrary and capricious implementation of a virtual asylum ban at the southern border.

The lawsuit, filed late on Monday, was the first to challenge President Donald Trump over asylum since the U.S. Supreme Court decided last week that an anti-asylum rule will be allowed to take effect while a separate lawsuit on its underlying legality is heard.

The article goes on to state the following:

Unlike other suits that have targeted the asylum rule itself, the latest filing challenges the Trump administration on procedural grounds, saying the government has enacted changes without warning, resulting in elevated rejection rates for asylum-seekers.

Hassan Ahmad, the attorney leading the lawsuit, blasted out the following Twitter posts late Monday night announcing the lawsuit. He wrote:

The #AsylumBan was evil enough. But our government is going further: cruelly playing with the lives of women and children #AsylumSeekers by implementing the ban unlawfully to make sure NO ONE gets a chance to even seek asylum. So, tonight, we sued.#NoAsylumBan.

In additional tweets, Ahmad added:

126 plaintiffs, all detained in South Texas, denied the first step in applying for asylum. 97% used to pass in August. Now, about 10%. No procedure implementing the #AsylumBan was made public, but the procedures have changed. (No notice, of course.)

There are safeguards in place for protection against torture, or those seeking withholding of removal. They have been eviscerated, and it’s against the law. The standards shift, offensively using chaos to break traumatized people. Yes, children too.

He concluded:

They started banning people without guidance on how to ban. No supervisory review. Announcing a denial before testimony is taken. All sorts of #DueProcess vacuums. This is a reprogramming of the law to one end: summary deportation, no hearing. See y’all in court.

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