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Class-action lawsuit seeks protection for asylum seekers who arrived as unaccompanied children

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CLINIC, along with Kids In Need of Defense, or KIND, Public Counsel, and Goodwin Procter on July 1, 2019, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The suit challenges a new policy that limits the ability to seek asylum for certain children who arrived in the country alone. The lawsuit alleges that the policy by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services violates the plaintiffs' rights under the 5th Amendment, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. The defendants are the Department of Homeland Security and its acting secretary, and USCIS and its acting director. The plaintiffs are four child asylum seekers.

 

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Download Memorandum in Support of Plaintiffs’ TRO Motion

Download TRO (Issued Aug. 2, 2019)

Download Memorandum Opinion Granting TRO (Issued Aug. 2, 2019)

Download Order Extending the TRO (Issued Aug. 13, 2019)

TRO Update: On Aug. 28, 2019, Judge Hazel again extended the TRO, now until Sept. 24, 2019. The operative TRO remains the order issued on Aug. 2, 2019, which you can view above on this page.