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Judge issues injunction in immigration case

Individuals who are seeking asylum in the United States cannot be sent to Mexico while their cases are pending. Instead, they have the right to remain in Florida or other states until a judge can hear their case. This is according to a ruling from a federal judge in a matter involving 11 individuals from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The judge has ordered that the individuals be allowed into the country within two days.

A preliminary injunction that applies to all other cases will go into effect on April 12. The judge ruled that the policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico was a violation of both American and international law. Specifically, it violated the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees. The ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project represented the plaintiffs in the case, and a representative from the group said that Trump cannot simply ignore the law in an effort to achieve a policy goal.

Prior to the injunction, the policy only applied to those seeking to cross the border in San Ysidro and Calexico. However, the policy was eventually going to be implemented at all border crossings according to the Department of Homeland Security . Traditionally, those seeking asylum were given a court date, released and allowed to stay in the country.

Those who are seeking legal status in America may do so with or without the help of an attorney. However, as the nation's immigration laws and policies continue to be in flux, it might be advisable to have legal assistance throughout the process.

Source: USA Today, "Judge blocks Trump policy forcing asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico", Alan Gomez, April 9, 2019

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