Judge Rules Mexico Asylum Wait Times Illegal

Lawsuit was filed nearly four years ago.

U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant ruled this past week that the U.S. government’s practice of asylum wait time at the U.S.-Mexico border is unconstitutional. Judge Bashant ordered the Justice Department to work together with the plaintiffs, advocacy group Al Otro Lado, to come up with appropriate next steps to resolve the situation by Oct. 1. This lawsuit was filed almost four years ago, and human rights advocates are relieved by the resolution.

“The Court properly recognized the extensive human costs of metering, including the high risk of assault, disappearance, and death, when Customs and Border Protection officers flout their duty to inspect and process asylum seekers and force them to wait in Mexico,” said Melissa Crow, an attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For officials in the Justice Department as solutions are considered.
  • For Judge Bashant in her efforts to uphold the Constitution.
  • For the president and his advisors as immigration policies are crafted.

Sources: AP, NPR


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