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Judge Restrains Feds From Blocking Asylum Seekers’ Access to Attorneys

November 14, 2019 (1 min read)

Bianca Bruno, CNS, Nov. 12, 2019

"A federal judge Tuesday restrained the federal government from blocking asylum seekers’ access to attorneys when interviewed about their fear of being returned to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols – also known as the “Remain in Mexico” – policy.

In an 11-page order, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ruled that a Guatemalan father’s right to the assistance of retained counsel during a non-refoulement interview under the MPP program was violated by immigration agents, who did not allow the father to be advised by his attorney when he claimed a fear of being returned to Tijuana while the family’s immigration case is adjudicated in the U.S."