Judge blocks blanket detention of asylum seekers

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A Guatemalan woman and her child seeking asylum in the United States wait to enter the Mexican side of the international bridge June 27, 2018, at Brownsville, Texas. (Photo: Courtney Sacco, Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller Times)

A federal judge on Monday blocked the Trump administration’s blanket detention of asylum seekers.

Judge James Boasberg of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia found that the Department of Homeland Security was ignoring its own directive to release people who had shown they have a “credible fear” of persecution in their home country and give them humanitarian parole while their asylum applications are considered.

Under the Obama administration, ICE granted parole to more than 90 percent of asylum applicants, but under the Trump administration, that figure has fallen to nearly zero.

“To mandate that ICE provide these baseline procedures to those entering our country — individuals who have often fled violence and persecution to seek safety on our shores — is no great judicial leap,” Boasberg said.

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