Donald Trump Immigration Agreements Receive Judicial Setback – Prensa Libre

Judgment obliges the federal government of the United States to apply the safe third country agreement to those who requested it from mid-July. (Free Press Photo: Hemeroteca PL)

Migrants who wait at the US-Mexico border for the result of their asylum request filed before mid-July will not be subject to the limits imposed by the Administration of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, on a safe third country.

This was determined on November 19 by Cynthia Bashant, a federal judge based in California, who thus blocked the Government's intention to retroactively demand the need to go before a “safe third country”, such as Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, to asylum seekers at the border.


Migrant advocates had warned that retroactivity affected thousands of applicants who had been waiting for asylum for more than four months.

The Trump Administration announced on July 15 a regulation that prevents grant ing asylum to those who do not request it before in a "safe third country."

The measure, which came into effect the day after it was announced, could also be applied to immigrants waiting at the border before that date, which led to organizations On the Other Side, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Center for Constitutional Rights, and American Immigration Council to file legal action.

"Today's order will protect the lives of asylum seekers who were forced to endure extreme difficulties while waiting in dangerous border cities for months for their opportunity to apply for asylum in the United States," Erika Pinheiro, a lawyer for Al Otro, said in a statement. Side.

Judge Bashant's decision prevents “categorically denying” asylum to those applicants who should have been prosecuted months ago and who do not comply with the norm of the third safe country, lawyers said.

Melissa Crow, supervising lawyer for the SPLC Immigrant Justice Project, warned that "although there is still a long way to go, the ruling is important for the thousands of asylum seekers who followed the‘ rules ’and waited for their turn."

"These vulnerable people, many of whom waited months to apply for asylum, simply want to have the opportunity to hear the merits of their cases," Crow added.

The defenders of the migrants recommended to all those asylum seekers who arrived at the US border ports before July 16 and were noted on the list to keep the evidence showing that they made the request before that date.

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