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Judge: Detention center must rework asylum-seekers' parole

November 20, 2017
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a detention center in New York state must reform how it decides parole for asylum.

Civil liberties lawyers had sued on behalf of more than 30 immigrants who were held in the Batavia facility. They say they were wrongly denied parole while their asylum applications were pending.

U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Wolford ruled on Friday that the detention center must redo parole applications for asylum-seekers who have been denied and must push through applications for others. She ruled the facility must provide an asylum-seeker with information on the requirements and an individualized explanation for why an application has been denied.

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials did not immediately comment on the ruling.

 
 
 

 

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