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Judge Blocks Trump Policy Keeping Asylum Seekers Locked Up

11 months 4 days 23 hours ago Tuesday, July 02 2019 Jul 2, 2019 July 02, 2019 4:49 PM July 02, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By GENE JOHNSON
Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) - A federal judge in Seattle has blocked a Trump administration policy that would keep thousands of asylum seekers locked up while they pursue their cases.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman ruled Tuesday that people who are detained after entering the country to seek protection are entitled to bond hearings. Attorney General William Barr announced in April that the government would no longer offer such hearings, but instead keep them in custody. It was part of the administration's efforts to deter a surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Immigrant rights advocates including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project sued to block the policy, which was due to take effect July 15.

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