The fate of a new Trump administration policy that forces asylum seekers at the southern border to stay in Mexico until their hearings will be put to the test. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which covers Arizona and other states, will decide whether or not to halt the policy while a case impacted by the issue continues to go through the court system. A district court judge already decided that the policy was unlawful but gave the government time to appeal.
The Trump administration first implemented its ‘Migrant Protection Protocols” in San Diego at the end of January 2018, and later spread enforcement to Arizona and Texas. Normally, families seeking asylum would be released into the United States while awaiting their hearing, but this new policy makes them wait in Mexico. Several immigrants affected by the policy decided to sue the government claiming that waiting in Mexico jeopardized their safety.
According to statistics released by the Mexican government, more than 1,300 migrants from Central America have been sent back into Mexico after claiming asylum at U.S. border entry points. Government lawyers arguing in favor of the policy have stated that overruling the Trump administration was erroneous and would needlessly put the public in danger.
Individuals and families who are seeking asylum in the United States face a difficult legal process, but support and guidance can be provided by an attorney who practices immigration law. An attorney can help their clients file any necessary documents and argue on their behalf in court. While asylum is not guaranteed, legal assistance may increase the chances of having it granted.