Dems Tell DC Circ. Asylum Rule Breaks 'Crystal Clear' Law

Law360 (August 24, 2020, 8:34 PM EDT) -- A group of congressional Democrats has told the D.C. Circuit that the Trump administration cannot strip asylum eligibility from migrants who cross the southern border outside a designated port of entry because that plainly violates immigration laws written by Congress.

The 11 lawmakers argued Friday in an amicus brief that the asylum rule violated a "crystal clear" statute and ignored decades of bipartisan support for allowing asylum claims from people who enter the country without authorization. They said a ruling for the administration would trample on the separation of powers by allowing a policy that "plainly contradicts" the law and giving the...

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