Lawsuit Unleashed: ACLU Challenges Biden’s Asylum Ban

The organizations say the ban mirrors two Trump-era policies that were previously blocked by the courts and prohibits asylum for individuals at the border who transit through another country en route to the United States.

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FILE - In this Thursday, June 10, 2021, file photo, a pair of migrant families from Brazil pass through a gap in the border wall to reach the United States after crossing from Mexico to Yuma, Ariz., to seek asylum. The American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups say they are ending settlement talks with the Biden administration over a demand to lift a pandemic-related ban on families seeking asylum in the United States. The breakdown comes three days after two nongovernmental organizations said they were halting work with the administration to identify particularly vulnerable migrants stuck in Mexico for exemptions to Title 42, named for a 1944 public health law. The administration has denied many families and nearly all single adults an opportunity to seek asylum on grounds of preventing spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia, File)
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Today, the ACLU and other prominent organizations are taking legal action against the Biden administration’s new asylum ban. In a swift response to the administration’s unveiling of the new asylum policy coincides with the end of Title 42, the ACLU, along with the ACLU of Northern California, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, and the National Immigrant Justice Center, have filed a lawsuit challenging the ban.

The organizations say the ban mirrors two Trump-era policies that were previously blocked by the courts and prohibits asylum for individuals at the border who transit through another country en route to the United States. They argue that the ban puts vulnerable asylum seekers in grave danger and violates U.S. asylum laws.

The lawsuit also contends that the administration lacks the authority to restrict access to asylum based on an individual’s manner of entry or whether they sought asylum elsewhere. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.


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