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The Washington Post
March 7, 2018

Advocates say Sessions’s decision to toss rule on asylum hearings endangers thousands
By Antonio Olivo

The Trump administration is seeking to expand immigration courts and clear a backlog of roughly 600,000 cases, part of an immigration crackdown that includes the attempted cancellation of the Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals program, the elimination of temporary protected status for immigrants from El Salvador and other nations, and a federal lawsuit filed this week that alleges that “sanctuary city” policies in California violate the Constitution. Twenty percent of asylum applicants initially file their petitions without the help of an attorney, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Jeremy McKinney, secretary of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said Sessions’s ruling means that those applicants and others turned away without a full hearing will not have a chance to adequately make their case.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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