Barr rules that asylum-seekers must be detained during deportation proceedings


Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrHillicon Valley: Mueller report coming Thursday | YouTube adds 9/11 info to Notre Dame fire video | New details on case against Assange | Thousands sign petition to ban Trump on social media | Conservatives side with big tech in GOP fight ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ to run long Thursday for deep dive into Mueller report Schiff, Nunes pressed DOJ for Mueller briefing MORE said in a new ruling issued Tuesday that asylum-seekers who are able to demonstrate a “credible fear” and are then sent to full deportation proceedings are not eligible to be released on bond.

The ruling, which will go into effect in 90 days, states that a previous decision allowing for asylum-seekers to be released on bond while their case is being heard by an immigration judge was incorrect. Only the Department of Homeland Security has the authority to release the asylum-seekers, he wrote.

“I conclude that such aliens remain ineligible for bond, whether they are arriving at the border or are apprehended in the United States,” Barr wrote.

Barr is overturning a 2005 ruling that determined that asylum-seekers are eligible for bond if they are able to exhibit they have credible fear of persecution or danger if they leave the U.S.

But the attorney general argues that, under the Immigration and Nationality Act, the administration is permitted to detain all undocumented immigrants who were initially placed in expedited removal proceedings but then passed the credible fear test and were transferred to a full hearing before an immigration judge.

He also pointed to a 2018 Supreme Court ruling that found that the law did not place limits on how long an immigrant can be detained.

Some asylum-seekers are exempted from this rule, including families and unaccompanied migrant children.

Barr’s directive comes shortly after a federal judge in Washington state ruled that certain asylum-seekers who request a hearing before an immigration judge must be granted that hearing within seven days or be released.

And the rule comes amid a legal battle on the Trump administration’s policy requiring that asylum-seekers remain in Mexico while their cases are under consideration.

A federal judge last week issued an injunction against the policy, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay for that order as it considers the administration’s appeal.

President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Dem hits back at Trump for giving ‘firefighting advice’ to Paris: ‘Do your own damn job’ French officials reject Trump suggestion to use ‘flying water tankers’ on Notre Dame fire Overnight Energy: Interior watchdog opens investigation into new secretary | Warren unveils 2020 plan to stop drilling on public lands | Justices reject case challenging state nuclear subsidies | Court orders EPA to re-evaluate Obama pollution rule MORE has also recently spoken out against policies for asylum-seekers.

“I’m sorry. We’re full,” he said of his response to both asylum-seekers and undocumented immigrants seeking to stay in the U.S. during a trip to the southern border earlier this month.