Nov 9, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Groups file lawsuit to block Trump's new asylum ban

Members of the caravan of Central American migrants walking down a road.

Members of the caravan of Central American migrants. Photo: Alfredo Estrella/AFP via Getty Images

The American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Center for Constitutional Rights filed a federal lawsuit Friday against President Trump's proclamation that prevents migrants who cross the border illegally from receiving asylum.

Why it matters: "The lawsuit currently charges the administration with violating the Immigration and Nationality Act as well as the Administrative Procedure Act," according to the ACLU. It claims that laws passed by Congress have made it clear that any migrant on U.S. soil is entitled to apply for asylum regardless of whether they entered legally or illegally.

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