California — The ACLU has come through on a threat to file a lawsuit over the Trump Administration’s new rule barring asylum seekers from seeking asylum if they pass through another country first.
In the lawsuit, the ACLU argues that the new rule violates federal immigration and regulation law. ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt shared the following statement, “This is the Trump administration’s most extreme run at an asylum ban yet. It clearly violates domestic and international law, and cannot stand.” Additionally, the ACLU claims that the new rule “is a part of an unlawful effort to significantly undermine, if not virtually repeal, the U.S. asylum system.”
On Monday, the Trump Administration announced a new rule that makes asylum seekers ineligible if they pass through another country without seeking asylum. This rule applies to all asylum seekers, including children. Shortly after, the ACLU threatened to file suit and did so on Tuesday.