Seeking asylum is a necessary protection for those persecuted people that need it. If rejected or blocked from entering the United States, a person’s mission seeking safety still haunts them.
NBC News reports how a judge ruled against a Trump administration policy that limits an asylum seeker’s protections and means of entering the country for security against persecution.
The 2019 policy prohibits any immigrant seeking asylum from receiving it unless they can demonstrate that they applied for asylum in a country they transited through en route to the United States.
According to an ACLU attorney, the courts curbed a “failed attempt to make an end-run around asylum protections.”
The federal judge determined that the rule violated the Immigration and Nationality Act. And also determined that it ran against the Administrative Procedure Act — an act designed to give Americans enough time to weigh in on these rule changes.
It is uncertain whether other parties intend to file appeals against the ruling.
A safe haven
Asylum is a protective benefit to all those who need it. Going through the process of traveling through one country, asking for asylum and waiting for a denial is time-consuming and may put endangered people at further risk.
Seeking asylum is already a serious status people apply for. Fraudulent claims of asylum risk lifelong ineligibility for many forms of immigration benefits.
No matter what persecution a person flees, be it for their race, religion or nationality, they deserve that protection and safety. It may be in a person’s best interest to seek out an attorney’s counsel when seeking asylum to ensure everything goes as smoothly as it can.