The Biden Administration has put forward a proposed rule that, if accepted, would make it significantly harder for some asylum seekers to obtain asylum when they come to the U.S. This rule would prevent anyone who traveled to the United States after passing through another country from seeking asylum, unless they also first sought asylum in those other countries. For many asylum seekers, this “transit ban” could have a negative impact on their ability to obtain asylum and remain in the U.S. legally.
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has attracted criticism for defending a controversial 2020 executive order that prohibited some asylum seekers from being able to enter the country. This policy, which was implemented during the early stages of the COVID-19 epidemic, was put into place allegedly to prevent the spread of the disease, but critics say it has been harmful to asylum seekers. In a recent court case, the DOJ has defended the policy, arguing that it remains necessary to limit the spread of infection in immigration facilities. Continue reading “DOJ Defends Asylum Seeker Expulsions Under Public Health Order”