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Harvard Law School Clinic Sues Trump Administration Over Proposed Changes to Asylum Rules

Harvard Law School Clinic Sues Trump Administration Over Proposed Changes to Asylum Rules

“filed a lawsuit in federal court in December on behalf of four immigrant rights organizations”

It’ll be fascinating to see if this sort of thing happens when Biden keeps most of Trump’s immigration policies in place.

The Harvard Crimson reports:

Harvard Law School Clinic Sues Trump Administration Over Proposed Asylum Rule Changes

The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program filed a lawsuit in federal court in December on behalf of four immigrant rights organizations against the Trump administration’s proposed, sweeping changes to asylum rules.

The rule changes — which are set to take effect Jan. 11 — would significantly limit the ability for asylum seekers, including those who are escaping persecution, to gain protection in the United States.

The defendants named in the suit — which include the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies — have also proposed amendments regarding “standards for adjudication of applications for asylum and statutory withholding,” according to the Federal Register’s summary of the rule.

Harvard’s clinic — alongside the University of California’s Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and the law firm Sidley Austin — filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Dec. 21 on behalf of Pangea Legal Services, Dolores Street Community Services, Inc., Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition.

The organizations also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order on Dec. 23, which, if granted, would halt enforcement of the rule for a limited period until the court hears more evidence.

Justice Department spokesperson Nicole Navas Oxman wrote in an email that the department does not comment on matters in active litigation. DHS did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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On behalf of immigrant rights organizations. Hmmm. So they are political activists. It should be killed for lack of standing.

But that trick only works one way. So the injunction will probably be granted and the suit will move forward.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | January 3, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Defund Criminal Harvard, Seize all their Assets and give them to small businesses.

Harvard is Plucked in the Head.

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If they’re granted standing for this suit, it means foreigners have preferential access to our federal courts over citizens. We’ll digest that and move forward with that understanding.

Why bother? Biden will open the floodgates in a few weeks.

Where are the fastidious judges leaping to dismiss this for lack of standing.

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