The latest on the U.S. migrant crisis

Hundreds of migrant families will get a second chance at asylum, thanks to the work of our pro bono team.

We negotiated a settlement agreement with the U.S. government to resolve M.M.M. v. Sessions, a class action lawsuit we filed on behalf of migrant children who were forcibly separated from their parents after entering the United States. The settlement ensures that those who were set to be deported without first being heard on their requests for asylum will now have a meaningful opportunity to make such claims.

In August, Judge Sabraw had granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) barring the U.S. government from deporting reunified families until the merits of the case were resolved. The order granting the TRO directed the parties to “meet and confer and propose a solution.” Over the ensuing weeks, we negotiated the agreement to resolve the claims of our clients and others like them.

In the end, we agreed on a procedure by which both parents and children will have a meaningful chance to seek asylum. Parents who were given interviews after being separated from their children will have a second chance to talk to an immigration officer and present additional evidence. Their children will have the opportunity to have their own interviews, with the assistance of their parents. If either the parent or the child shows a “credible fear” of returning home, both the parent and the child will receive a full hearing before an immigration judge to prove their claims for asylum.


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