Migrants Double Down On Asylum Turnback Suit Monitoring
By Grace Dixon (September 23, 2021, 6:09 PM EDT) -- A class of asylum-seekers has asked a California federal judge to oversee the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's compliance with two orders directing authorities to process some asylum claims, saying the federal government's foot-dragging has proven the need for court oversight.
The federal government's yearslong delays in complying with a 2019 order blocking DHS from applying an unwritten "turnback policy" stopping asylum-seekers at the southern border, as well as a 2020 order clarifying the directive, make it clear that the court's surveillance is needed to ensure that the agency grants relief to class members, the court heard on Wednesday.
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